New-look team rises to chal­lenge

Sunday Territorian - - SPORT - ROBERT CRAD­DOCK ANAL­Y­SIS

THE fi­nal legacy of cricket’s great ball tam­per­ing scan­dal could be some­thing few ex­pected – a stronger Aus­tralian Test team.

The year with­out Steve Smith and David Warner will be a hard but po­ten­tially good one for Aus­tralia with not as much heartache as ini­tially ex­pected.

Smith and Warner were so dom­i­nant in Aus­tralia’s bat­ting line-up it be­came a case of them or bust.

It was great when it worked but a true Test match en­gine needs more than two pump­ing pis­tons.

Now the team will grow with­out them. The green shoots are there al­ready.

When Smith and Warner re­turn they may find they don’t al­ways have to be The Man or The Men.

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