England comeback at Headingley will give Australian one of the hardest character test in history. Australian captain, Tim Paine, will have a hard time trying to keep his team together in the last two Test.
The self-designated conformists’ advice that they put aside their wounded pride and head to Old Trafford with cheers and eagerness to do even better. Well, we know that is easier said than done.
The 1981 Headingley miracle is a reminder of the historic comeback whereby England went ahead and evened the series 1-1 and finally defeated the worn-out Australian in the last two tests.
The Australian team isn’t talented on reputation, but they are united. Despite being wounded by Stokes, it is unimaginable for Coach Justin Langer to let them fall.
The Australian are now physically assaulted and psychologically ruined. In so many ways, Paine holds the answers for reviving his squad. Paine needs to demonstrate his leadership by setting his tone in the field or giving direction.
If Australia fails, Paine will be remembered as a non-batting keeper who demotivated an already disadvantaged line-up. That would be awful, but Ashes cricket are fiercest of sports and always have the damning judgment.
The final two Test at Old Trafford will be the toughest of all tests.