From a World Cup win at home, to a loss in the Ashes, to retirements and farewells, to a clinical series win against World Cup finalists and finally winning the inaugural Pink Ball Day-Night Test, they’ve had it all. Let’s hear from Brett on his views about the year that was for his boys.
Q) So Brett what do you make of the year gone by for Australia?
Brett: Australia has had a interesting year. With a World Cup win and an Ashes loss I think there will be mixed emotions within the Australian side. We have seen retirements of a core group of senior players and at present the team is trying to find the right balance. Its an exciting time to be a young player in Australia with so much cricket on the program and so many spots not locked away the opportunity is endless for a young player.
Q) World cricket already misses Michael Clarke for how long Pup was associated with Cricket Australia. How much does it affect a team when a long term leadership change dawns upon them?
Brett: I think we have a fantastic replacement in Steve Smith so the transition is probably not that disruptive. Given the team has lost so many senior players it allows a fresh start for Steve and he comes into the role in the best form of his career so the pressure to perform is not there.
Q) Josh Hazelwood has been the emerging star of the team recently. What sets him apart from the rest of the vicious kind of fast bowlers making the news today?
Brett: Josh is the quiet achiever in the Aussie team. He goes about his role in a very professional manner. His consistency and pressure allows for the more aggressive bowlers to throw everything at the opposition. Josh has taken a leading role within the bowling group and he looks a long term prospect in that position.
Q) With Starc, Hazelwood and Siddle, do you believe Australia has the most complete pace line up with swing, consistency and aggression all in a package?
Brett: Its a great start!! I would also include Pat Cummins in this group to take the Australian bowling unit to a world class group. They complement each other well and add the spin option of Nathan Lyon it is formidable.
Q) Who according to you has been the standout player from the many delightful memories Australia has had this year?
Brett: Steve Smiths consistency has been a stand out, He comes into the leadership role in great form and he stood tall against some great bowling. Mitchell Starc's last few months have also stood out from his World Cup form the recent Test form.
Q) Moving to the subcontinent for the T20 Championship in the new year, what according to you does the team need to do differently from the last time you were here in 2011?
Brett: With Smith as captain I think we will see a more balanced team with fantastic leadership. The team will be younger and more aggressive, David Warner is world class, Mitchell Starc the same add Smith's finishing ability and its an exciting team. It will allow other players to play with freedom and take a few risks. Glenn Maxwell could be the player of the tournament if the game allows him to play freely.
Q) Given your experience and incredible credentials, do you have plans to join the team as bowling mentor/coach in the near future?
Brett: I enjoy teaching future bowlers the fundamentals of the game. Coaching/Mentoring is an area I enjoy and working with the Irish team during the World Cup was god fun. I certainly would look at any opportunity to pass on some knowledge to any young players in World Cricket.