Australia is not a team that loses often at home. Australia is not a team that loses often anywhere in the world for that matter. That is evident in its team record.
The Baggy Greens have a W/L ratio greater than 1 against every Test playing nation. In fact, that W/L ratio is greater than 1.5 in the case of every team other than England against whom Australia has won 140 and lost 108 for a W/L ratio of 1.296.
However, Australia’s Test record is taking a battering off-late what with its fifth consecutive Test defeat. While they had a poor outing in Sri Lanka and in the UAE, its proud home record is now taking a beating with a series loss against South Africa with a Test match still to go.
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A home series defeat is as rare as a blue moon for the Aussies and not many teams have been able to inflict it on the Kangaroos. The South Africans are probably the only team that have been able to do it with any sort of consistency over the last two decades.
Here, we take a look at the last 5 home series defeats for Australia and the time frame (1988-2016) shows how dominant Australia has been over the years at home. (We haven’t included the present lost series against South Africa)
#5 1-3 Against West Indies, 1988/89
It was one of the greatest West Indies squads ever boasting the likes of Gordon Greenidge, Desmond Haynes, Sir Vivian Richards, Malcolm Marshall and the fast bowling pair of Walsh and Ambrose.
West Indies gave Australia a whitewash scare winning the first three Tests of The Frank Worrell Trophy. They were all massive wins too – by 9 wickets at Brisbane, by 169 runs at Perth and by 285 runs at Melbourne. Australia pulled one back in the fourth Test but it was too little and too late. Ambrose ended the series with 26 wickets, 9 more than second-placed Marshall and Walsh who had 17 wickets each.
Vivian Richards’ men dominated the run-charts too as Haynes, Richardson and Richards were 1, 2 and 3.