Cricket: McGrath says Aussies' frequent batting changes cost them Ashes
NEW DELHI (AP) - Former Australia pace bowler Glenn McGrath says the current Test team's inability to settle on a stable batting line-up has proved to be their downfall in the just completed Ashes series, won 3-0 by England.
"Our bowlers have done well but we have struggled to find the right batting combination," he was quoted as saying in Tuesday's The Hindu newspaper. "We have changed a few things around this last Test, so hopefully we will improve but Australia has been well and truly beaten."
Australia frequently changed its top order throughout the five-match series that ended on Sunday, with Chris Rogers, David Warner and Shane Watson opening at different points of the series. Watson, Ed Cowan and Usman Khawaja were all tried at No.3.
McGrath, the most successful fast bowler in Test cricket with 563 wickets in 124 matches, also said pace bowlers are increasingly facing injury as there was no respite from competitive games.