Reverse heroes are a big hit
IN among the whole Steve Smith-David Warner nonsense in South Africa, there was the familiar cry of “won’t someone think of the children”. The obvious worry was that Smith and Warner were poor role models for the nation’s cricket-loving kiddies.
Turns out they were perfect role models, just not in the way intended. Justin Thomas is a coach of the Golden under-12 white – the Brumbies –and said yesterday at Adelaide Oval that he used Smith and Warner as examples of how not to behave. “They were a bit disappointed by it,’’ he said of the sandpaper farrago that led to Smith, Warner and Cameron Bancroft being suspended.
“But it helps me enforce the message that we play in the spirit of cricket. We don’t cheat. It’s all about the spirit of the game.’’ It’s easy to con- clude by the sparse look of the crowd yesterday, that the nation has lost affection for its cricket team. Though it may just be because they are not much good at the moment. Even the presence of local boy Travis Head playing his first Test in Australia failed to inspire, even though he dug in and topscored as wickets fell.
It was a slow day’s cricket in front of 25,693 people as Australia struggled to master the Indians.
All of which made graphic designer and Indian fan Amit Groves, who was with wife Manu and son Ayaan at the Oval, more than happy. “Nothing betters being at the cricket,’’ he said. Perhaps the heat and the lack of a day-night Test also kept a few away.
Pedro Floridis, who came with his SACA member brother Con, said “thousands more would have been here because the day-night is a brilliant Test’’. Still, there was fun to be found. Robyn Murdoch and her twin sister Amanda Sipovac were part of the embarrassment of “The Richies”, the hundreds who turned up dressed as former Nine commentator, the late Richie Benaud. Robyn said she reckoned she and her sister were two of the three females in the group.
But it wasn’t years of listening to Benaud that made then join. “We used to listen to The Twelfth Man (cricket comedy) back in the ’90s,’’ she said.
WICKET WATCHERS: Josh Edwards, Mimi Long, Josephine Da Pra and Harry Abel Smith.
BIG DAY: Golden Grove cricket coach Justin Thomas with players Ethan, Sam, James, Clayton and Lily, and “The Richies" out in force.