From one of its lowest ebbs, Australia rose and rose in the manner that has staggered the world.
A seemingly unbeatable English side was turned to ruins by the Australia’s Ashes heroes and now the Aussies have stunned the Proteas with an exuberant cricketing display in the first test.
Who would have thought all was possible this when Australia were terrified by India’s spin giants in the sub-continent by 4-0?
Who would have thought this when England were all over the Baggy Greens during the English summer when Clarke’s men were crushed by 3-0 in the summer Ashes?
Probably no one, except perhaps the best captain in cricket currently, Michael Clarke.
He actually had a belief, a belief that only a great captain has, not a “good one”.
His journey never was easy as on his way he had to face a humongous amount of rubbish talk and media criticism.
Ricky Ponting was one of his crucifiers. He said that Clarke wanted the team to lose as he wanted to rebuild from “rock bottom”; Mike Hussey said that everything wasn’t alright in the Aussie dressing room.
These kinds of talks really disturb you as a captain because you don’t know what to do then, whether to answer your critics or concentrate on your team which isn’t winning.
Clarke though was always focused on his team first. He was dominant as a batsman in 2011, 2012 and even in 2013 when he scored a gigantic amount of hundreds but still the results were far away from desired.
Then took place another event, the event that actually could see Australia become the mightiest team for years to come. The appointment of Darren Lehmann as their coach.
He might not be a good technical coach but there isn’t a person on earth who can bring as much positivity as this man.
"Boof" as he is known was whom Clarke needed the support of.
Once he took up Australia’s role, Mitchell Johnson was brought back (he was told he would never play again when Mickey Arthur was the Aussies’ coach).
We all know what Johnson did afterwards. With 49 wickets off his last 6 tests, the left armer is undoubtedly, “The Best” in the business and one might say, he is the one to lift up the team in some way apart from Clarke and Boof.
Australia were at rock bottom and Clarke’s belief, his courage, his character, his determination has started Australia’s journey to the skies.
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