The embattled Australian squad has slipped to a 34-year low in the ICC ODI rankings, falling to sixth place following back-to-back beats against England in the ongoing five-match series.
With losses to the world no.1 ODI team in London and Cardiff, Australia has dropped to 102 rankings points to sit a part of a point below 2017 Champions Trophy winners Pakistan.
It has been a fast fall for the defending world champions.
Less than two years ago they were position no.1 heading into an away series against South Africa. But when an under-strength squad with a group of rookie fast bowlers was beaten 5-0 by the Protean (the first time Australia had lost a bilateral series 5-0), a break was exposed in a 50-over game plan that suddenly looked dated, ‘cricket.com.au’ wrote. That was particularly the case in comparison to a restore England, who have damaged record totals and rising in the rankings as Australia’s haughty status slipped.
although home victory against New Zealand (3-0) and Pakistan (4-1) that followed the tragedy in South Africa, Australia has won just nine times (eight at home) out of 23 completed ODIs since to finally find themselves in their current quandary.
More recently, an extent of 13 defeats in 15 completed ODIs records in the history of the five-time World Cup winners.
“I think we can (win), I really do,” Captain Tim Paine said. “I think our best cricket is good enough to hit these guys, we just haven’t put the complete package together.
“In the first match we didn’t bat on form, and (in Cardiff) we didn’t bowl as well as we would have liked.”