Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Aussies out to Erase Bad Memories

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Aussies out to Erase Bad Memories

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MEMORIES of Phillip Hughes will be front and centre of the Australian players' minds when the first Test against India starts at the Adelaide Oval this morning.

But for many in the team, the humiliation of the disastrous 4-0 loss to India on the sub-continent last year is a black spot that also must be addressed.

Australia was completely outplayed on the turning decks, failing to adjust its team selections or technique.

It also endured the embarrassment of "homeworkgate", which resulted in four players being sent home for failing to complete questionnaires designed by team management.

Australia's batsmen had no answer to the spin of Ravi Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja, while Nathan Lyon conjured up just one five-wicket haul in the series.

The Australian team was in disarray after that humiliation, but extraordinarily was back as the No.1 country on the ICC Test rankings in May this year after thrashing England 5-0 in the return Ashes series in Australia, and then beating the Proteas 2-1 in South Africa. …

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