‘Mol­ly­cod­dled’ Aussies face back­lash

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

AUS­TRALIA’S me­dia lashed out at the coun­try’s “mol­ly­cod­dled” crick­eters yes­ter­day, say­ing they were a “dis­grace” and heads should roll af­ter crash­ing to a fifth suc­ces­sive Test de­feat.

With the sport in cri­sis af­ter a dis­mal per­for­mance against South Africa in the first two Tests of a three­Test se­ries, the press was un­re­lent­ing in its crit­i­cism.

“Hu­mil­i­at­ing”, the Syd­ney Morn­ing Her­ald screamed in a front page head­line, while The Aus­tralian said: “Dis­grace to the Baggy Green.”

The tabloid Syd­ney Daily Tele­graph called the team “a bunch of am­a­teurs”, with cricket writer Robert Crad­dock say­ing they had be­come pam­pered and lost their back­bone.

“Aus­tralian cricket is fac­ing its great­est cri­sis in 30 years, and it only has it­self to blame,” he said, adding that there were no longer any of the “flint hard Test play­ers that once did our na­tion proud”.

“Aus­tralia’s play­ers are over­paid and mol­ly­cod­dled to the point where the price­less qual­ity that sep­a­rates the great from the good – re­silience – is al­most in­vis­i­ble.

“Aus­tralia is fac­ing the re­al­ity that old fash­ioned, stone-faced Test match war­riors like Al­lan Bor­der and Steve Waugh are a dy­ing breed.”

Syd­ney Morn­ing Her­ald cricket cor­re­spon­dent Greg Baum fol­lowed a sim­i­lar theme af­ter an­other bat­ting col­lapse in Ho­bart on Mon­day sent them spi­ralling to an in­nings and 80 run de­feat.

“It is the meek­ness that was so shock­ing. For so long, the Aus­tralian cricket team’s hall­mark has been its swag­ger and brag­gado­cio,” he said.

“Even when charg­ing, all guns blaz­ing, to oc­ca­sional de­feat, it was un­apolo­getic about it. It was ‘the way we play’: an unofficial motto.

All ma­jor news­pa­per agreed change must hap­pen, and fast.

“The cap­tain has no an­swers. The coach has no an­swers. The men in suits are board­ing planes,” said The Aus­tralian’s se­nior sports writer Peter Lalor.

“Heads have to roll, but no mat­ter how many sac­ri­fices are made, it will not sat­isfy the blood lust of the public, of whose game they are the guardians.” – AFP

HOWZAT? South Africa’s pace­man Kag­iso Rabada shouts a suc­cess­ful leg-be­fore-wicket ap­peal against Aus­tralia’s Joe Men­nie on the fourth day’s play of the sec­ond cricket Test match in Ho­bart . – AFPPIX

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