When Australia was at war, the cricket world was watching…
A lot of the international cricket world has been watching Australia play the West Indies in the first Test of the 2017 Ashes series, which is set to take place on Saturday.
However, while the international fans are likely to be disappointed by the results of the Test, the fact that it will be played on home soil has some commentators asking if the Australians have been at war for too long.
When Australia was in the middle of a global conflict, it was all about cricket, writes David Pemberton in a recent article for The Australian.
“Australia was at the height of its popularity in the 1970s, and in the 1980s, it became a national sport.
It was a great success for a country that had suffered from poverty and inequality.
It also had a huge commercial success.
But, with a military occupation in Afghanistan and the loss of so much territory to the Taliban, it felt like Australia had become a laughing stock, a laughing-stock in the eyes of the world.””
In the 1980’s, with the rise of the global financial markets, cricket became the dominant sport of choice for most countries.
There was much hype surrounding the cricketing world, and the world’s elite players wanted to be part of it.
They were very proud of it.””
The sport was hugely popular in Australia, especially in the inner suburbs, with more than 60 per cent of all spectators.
Many cricket fans also watched live cricket in the streets and pubs in inner-city Melbourne.
As a result, Australia’s cricket fans had a lot of disposable income and the sport was seen as a good investment.””
It was also a great opportunity for the Australian government to promote itself in a global market.
By bringing the international game to Melbourne, it could showcase the country to the rest of the globe and increase its profile.
It gave Australia a chance to be seen as the cricket powerhouse that it was.””
Australia also had the opportunity to use the Ashes Test series to build its reputation in international cricket, while it was still recovering from the Great War.
There were other sporting events happening around the world, such as the Olympics and the World Cup.
Cricket became an important part of the Olympics programme.
And cricket was one of the few sports where a big event could be staged at home and used as a platform for international development.”
The international community wanted to see Australia at the forefront of the sport, so it became the world leader.
But it also was seen in the minds of many as being a failure, and many cricket fans felt that Australia was not really doing enough for the international community.
It seemed like Australia was being left behind.
“So, Australia decided to step back and relax a bit.
It made an effort to play a lot less cricket, and to play more domestic cricket.
It even started to invest in cricket facilities, including the Melbourne Cricket Ground.””
That was the first time Australia had ever played a Test series in the summer, in 1978.
The Ashes was a very different experience to the Ashes that had happened at the start of the century.
It had been a very successful series, with Australia winning the series, but it also had some negative consequences for the country.
It brought the international media into the country, which was a good thing for the sport.
The media was critical of Australia’s poor performances, and they even went so far as to suggest that the Australians were in trouble.
Australia also had to make a change to its domestic cricket team, which had been in poor form since the 1990s.
And, finally, there was a backlash from the media towards Australia for the way it was treating the Australian community.”
The fact that Australia’s domestic cricket was so successful and the fact it had a massive commercial success, meant that cricket fans were in for a shock.
“The domestic cricket boom of the 1980-90s saw a massive rise in spectators and revenue for the game, with it also becoming the sport of the middle classes,” writes Pemberson.
“But this success did not last long.
The boom ended in the early 2000s, when the Australian economy began to crash, and cricket fans and players were left without much to look forward to.
The Australian cricket team began to falter, and even the World XI, the team that played in the World T20, collapsed.””
But cricket fans in Australia also began to see that there was no turning back.
There would be no more cricket, as the sport had become too big and the Australian public was too angry with the Australian players for the past 10 years.
The domestic cricket community had seen the signs.
Cricket was over.””
Then, in 2007, the World Cricket League (WCL) was set up.
It saw the sport rise again, and there was more of a focus on international cricket.
But the WCL’s success was not just limited to Australia.
It’s now the top international cricket league in the world