Australia’s batsmen cost them the Ashes, says Glenn McGrath

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“Australia has been well and truly beaten”

Legendary Australia pace bowler Glenn McGrath believes the national team suffered a 3-0 thrashing at the hands of England during the recently concluded Ashes series due to the fact that they “struggled to find the right batting combination”.

“Our bowlers have done well but we have struggled to find the right batting combination,” The Hindu quoted McGrath as saying. “We have changed a few things around this last test, so hopefully we will improve but Australia has been well and truly beaten.”

McGrath also noted that England batsman Ian Bell proved to be the game-changer on more than one occasion as the 31-year-old scored three centuries and two half-centuries during the historic series.

“You take him out of England and they aren’t looking too good either,” McGrath said.

The 43-year-old, who is the best Test bowler in the history of the game with 563 wickets in 124 matches, added that he was shocked to see Australia’s pace bowlers breaking down so easily.

“I have trained so much harder in the off seasons than anything I did in the middle,” he said. “I played 55 test matches in a row without missing one. The guys who are getting injured all the time…there are little inefficiencies – like a mixed action – or they are not physically fit or strong enough.

“That comes with age as well as work ethic. It’s in the mid-to-late 20s that a fast bowler begins to mature.”

McGrath also admitted to having “lost a bit of faith” in the Decision Review System (DRS) after so many poor decisions were made throughout the Ashes.

“At the start of the Ashes, I was a big fan of the DRS,” he said. “The more I have seen it I can see why India doesn’t like it. I have lost a bit of faith in it.”

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