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Rohan Connolly calls for calm amid cricket collapse

ROHAN CONNOLLY

Rohan Connolly has called for calm amid another Australian cricketing collapse.

Australia slumped to 8-258 on Day 4 of the Boxing Day Test, still trailing India by 140 runs.

The probable Indian victory would see the visitors retain the Border-Gavaskar trophy, and take a huge step towards their first ever series win in Australia.

But Macquarie Sports Radio’s Rohan Connolly believes we’ve been in worse positions, and have bounced back every time.

“We need to maintain a sense of perspective,” Rohan said on Saturday.

“Yes, the Aussies have been creamed at the MCG, but the fact is we still head to Sydney for the New Year Test with the series alive and a chance to square the ledger.

“Yes, our batting stocks look thin indeed without Steve Smith, Dave Warner and Cameron Bancroft.

“But are we at an all-time low? Far from it.

“40 years ago, the World Series Cricket stoush robbed us of an entire first XI. A decade later, a rebel South Africa tour took away another clutch of potential Test performers.

“We had mass retirements and a sudden loss of experience in the early ‘80s. Warne, McGrath, and Langer a decade ago.

“In each instance, Australian cricket has been able to struggle on, gradually regaining its strength and character and, in time, once again challenging the best in the world.

“We’re in no worse a position now than on any of those occasions.”

Rohan said there are plenty of potent young players coming through the ranks.

“Australian cricket will rise again, and after getting through another tough period in our history, that will be a very satisfying thing to witness.”

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Photo: Hamish Blair / AAP

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