I can’t see how these various explanations from past Australian greats is helping improve the situation that has now turned into a stand-off.
Take Steve Waugh’s words for example:
Nevertheless, he doesn’t believe Australia should apologise for their attitude. "Teams playing against Australia fail to understand that banter, gamesmanship, sledging or whatever anyone would like to call it is just the way Australian kids joust and play in the schoolyard and backyards. On the other hand, Australian teams can’t stomach time-wasting and perceived manipulation of the rules, including calling for runners, over-appealing and the alleged altering of the condition of the ball."
So the point to be noted here is that the Australians only indulge in "banter, gamesmanship, sledging or whatever anyone would like to call it" while all the other teams are cheaters since they waste time, manipulate rules, call for runners (if it’s Hayden, it’s ok), alter the ball and over-appeal (Ponting may have picked up the bad habit due to excessive touring).
Continue reading “The double standards are startling”
2008 promised much for India’s cricket fans. Sachin Tendulkar gave them a 100, as did VVS Laxman; they had Australia at 134/6 but then something went wrong. Steve Bucknor and Mark Benson thought, “Hang on. India can’t beat Australia. West Indies and England have been battered by the Aussies. India must suffer the same fate.” And so it began. One long, never-ending string of bad decisions (that even the Australian media slammed) and India had lost a Test they deserved to at least draw. The ICC has since withdrawn Mr Bucknor from the third Test at Perth. After India put pressure on them. Which means that he is incompetent and the ICC should not have fielded him in the first place. Continue reading “Not quite the start, eh?”
Yet again, an Australian cricketer (albeit former) was at the centre of a “racial abuse” storm. The guilty party this time: former Aussie batsman Dean Jones. His crime: Calling Hashim Amla a “terrorist” when on air. His justification: “It was a silly and completely insensitive thing to say and, obviously, it was never supposed to be heard over the air”.
The silly and insensitive part we agree to. But what about stupid? What does he mean “It was never supposed to be heard…” never mind where. On Air or not, he has no business saying this. For one, he is a public figure and must display more responsibility of what he says.
Of course, this is not the first time that an Australian player has been found guilty of such abuse. Darren Lehmann was the guilty one last time around.
While players have been found guilty, even the crowds in Australia have not been any better. Remember the infamous tour when South African players were called names by the crowd? Something needs to be done and quick. So what if Australia are the best cricket team in the world? That does not give them any right to abuse others.
[Darren Lehmann v Sri Lanka]
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