Aussie Quicks Mowing Down Poms like Knives Through Hot Butter

Aussie cricket fans with short memories will have yet another reason to crow after learning that the Australian bowlers who have decimated the Pom batters have achieved something seldom seen in international cricket. 

When Nathan Lyon dismissed Dawid Malan on day four, it marked the third time in history that four bowlers in a winning team have taken 20 wickets each for the series. 

Unless Steve Smith or Mitch Marsh get in on the act to take a wicket, this will be the only time a fifth bowler has not been necessary. 

Twelve years ago, Shane Warne, Stuart Clark, Brett Lee and Glenn McGrath accomplished the same feat, except that Andrew Symonds came along to claim two wickets. 

England suffered the same fate in 1995, when Ian Bishop Courtney Walsh, Kenny Benjamin and Curtly Ambrose all claimed 20, but there was no fourth bowler to add to the list. 

The Sydney Cricket Ground has not been kind to the Brits, who seemed close to melting like candles in a pizza oven at times, as they withered under the Sydney sun. 

Starc, Hazlewood, Cummins and Lyon might be better than the trio of Ryan Haris, Mitchell Johnson and Peter Siddle, the quicks in 2013/14 that were devastatingly effective. 

Lyon was interesting for his seeming preference for left-handed scalps. He took 17 wickets from those who swing from that side, with an average of 19 and a strike rate of 49.7.

Compare that to his three scalps from right-handers at 86.33 and strike rate of 197.6 and it is difficult to conceive that those numbers were produced by the same man. 

Unlike the Wallabies, who were touting a resurgence after a narrow win over the All Blacks in a dead rubber Bledisloe Cup match in Brisbane, the cricketers seem to be truly capable, provided they can forget what the Indians did to them when the Aussie XI visited the subcontinent in mid-2017.