Australian media reads the end of ~~Waugh-era~~

Published: Tuesday, October 19, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Sydney:The steely Australian cricket team has moved on from the Steve Waugh era - this appears to be the common refrain of the Australian media, which dwelt on how the attitude of the players had undergone a sea change in recent times.

The most significant changes include use of defensive fields as a form of attack, 'walking' and the return of the nightwatchman.

"The Steve Waugh era is well and truly over. The hard edge is still there, the desire at most times to score quickly and other Waugh touches which helped make this team great," Trevor Marshallsea wrote in the Sydney Morning Herald.

"But in the seven Tests of the post-Waugh era, Australia have also started to accept that unbridled attack is not always the best way to skin their cat, specifically on the subcontinent," he said.

The Australians' natural tendencies have sporadically taken over during the ongoing series against India, sometimes to their detriment, the write-up said.

Robert Craddock, writing in The Daily Telegraph said, "The Australian cricket side is subtly changing character. The powerhouse Steve Waugh era is being replaced by one of a different hue.

"The jury is still not out on whether it will be a more prosperous era - but it's different and interesting as the occasional sidestep and duck and weave replace the full frontal aggression that was the hallmark of Waugh's great success.

"Using defensive fields as a form of attack, walking and the return of Jason Gillespie as a nightwatchman are three conspicuous changes.

"Gilchrist has also started a trend where batsmen are more inclined to walk when they hit the ball, an unthinkable option a few years ago for all but Brian Lara."

Mike Coward wrote in The Australian that the resilience of this Australian team was remarkable.

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