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Aussies' inglorious start to summer

AAP logoAAP 7/11/2016 Rob Forsaith

AUSTRALIA HADN'T LOST THE FIRST TEST OF A HOME SUMMER SINCE 1988. WHAT HAS HAPPENED BETWEEN THOSE DEFEATS?

*Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Mitch Marsh have been born

*Over 100 players have donned the baggy green

*The Australian Cricketers' Association has been formed and Twenty20 cricket has been created. Salaries have skyrocketed to a point where cricketers regularly feature in the BRW's annual Top 50 Sports Earners list

*Allan Border, Mark Taylor, Steve Waugh, Adam Gilchrist, Ricky Ponting, Michael Clarke, Shane Watson and Smith have served as Test skipper

*Bob Hawke, Paul Keating, John Howard, Kevin Rudd, Julia Gillard, Rudd, Tony Abbott and Malcom Turnbull have served as Prime Minister

*The internet has become publicly available and entered more than 85 per cent of Australian households

*Apartheid has ended. South Africa's cricket side have started touring again and won three Tests at the WACA.

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