3 L&D lessons from Australia’s cricketing collapse

Cricket, a long drawn-out slogging match. Unless you’re Australia in the first innings at Trent Bridge in the 2015 Ashes.

For Australia, yesterday’s crushing first innings defeat in the Ashes at Trent Bridge was a subject for national soul searching, typified by the response of The Sydney Morning Herald: England humiliate Australia on a first day that will live in infamy. (North American readers can just jump from here to the bullet list below.) All out for 60 before lunch? It’s unheard of – almost. You have to go back to the 1950s and ’40s for equivalent batting collapses.

So what lessons can L&D learn from this? Here are three I would suggest, two here and one at the bottom of this post:

Training is not always the answer

. The Australians have spent their lives since boyhood training at cricket and dreaming of beating England, in England. A few more hours in the nets would be pointless. They have the skill. For various reasons they did not apply it yesterday morning.

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