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A National Headache

The international backlash to the Australian cricket team’s behaviour following their world cup victory has not been a surprise but has been embarrassing. Add to that Shane Warne’s attempted interviews post match and the tournament has ended on a very sour note for most Australian sports fans who applaud their cricketing feats but not their decorum.

This is sadly not the first time the Australian cricket team have behaved in a way that does not befit men who are representing the country. One Australian official in a diplomatic role told this writer that following a tour of India his staff spent a month going around the country mending bridges and apologising for the behaviour of the players.

What compounds the issue is at the celebration the next day in Federation Square,Melbourne the players publicly seemed to revel in the fact that they had been drinking all night. Captain Michael Clarke appeared on stage from the rooftop bar with the ICC Cricket World Cup trophy, and when asked to describe his overriding emotion answered saying, “A little hungover, I think I speak for everybody in that sense. I guarantee you the boys will continue to celebrate today. It’s the Australian way.”

Brad Haddin has since apologised for going on Triple M Breakfast radio in Sydney having been introduced by team mate Steve Smith as the most drunk of players. Haddin on website Cricket.com.au has said that he wished he hadn’t agreed to go on air. “We were celebrating a World Cup win and enjoying ourselves after a long tournament, in hindsight, we should have stayed off the radio. If I offended anyone, it was never my intention.”  The damage has been done as his comments have been spread across the world’s cricket media.

Comments about his team mates which went like this “I’ll paint a picture for you now. I’ve got a coach who’s spooning the World Cup who can’t speak,” Haddin said. “I’ve got James Faulkner who’s got his clothes off but don’t tell everyone. And I’ve got the Marsh boys, and you know I can’t even talk about the Marsh boys because you know what trouble they have. I’ve got Josh Hazlewood … he’s never been drunk in 30 years. It’s a problem. We just can’t get him drunk. He’s an absolute nightmare to drink with.” Totally irresponsible by a man who has been Vice Captain of the national team and therefore was tipped as a leader.

One has say that everyone expects a team to celebrate after winning a World title, as such titles do not come easily. However players must remember that they are held up – whether they like it or not – as ambassadors of this country a country where Cricket is the national sport a sport permuted to reflect gentlemanly behaviour and fair play; although Australia may well debate this quite vociferously. Representing your country, or club comes with responsibilities and sadly for a while now the Australian cricket team have failed to live up to those responsibilities off the field.

The question has to be asked what is CEO James Sutherland done to arrest this? Why have Cricket Australia been so quite in the past few days, while their reputation is being damaged around the globe, or as in India are they expecting others to clean up the mess. Cricket Australia should have had the players in a controlled environment post match and taken the mobile phones off the players while they were drinking, to protect both the players and the image of Cricket Australia.

Now they face a global backlash.  A strong leader would have fined those players such as Haddin, Clarke and others who wore their hangovers with pride and promoted them, they would have then given the money collected to Alcohol abuse related charities and made the players carry out some form of community service, to try and restore the damaged image.

The other thing that would be nice to see is a public apology to the nation by the team. They made many proud with their victory but have embarrassed just as many post match.

All of these things are unlikely to happen, but one thing is for sure Cricket Australia need to take control and ensure that off field behaviour improves and that others do not have to go around cleaning up after these men behaving like teenage boys.

 

 

 

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April 2, 2015 at 9:12 am Leave a comment

Will Comments Come Back to Haunt Lehmann?

There is no doubt that many cricket fans around the world irrespective as to whether they support Australia or not have been disappointed at the antics of England fast bowler Stuart Broad in the Ashes series.  However Australia coach Darren Lehmann’s comments on Triple M were foolish, and could well come back to haunt him.

Broad angered the Australian team and cricket fans around the world when in the nail biting first test at Trent Bridge after blatantly nicking the ball to first slip he failed to walk and give himself out. However it should be remembered that Australian Brad Haddin also failed to walk when he admitted after the game that he had nicked the ball to Matt Prior, to be the last man out and hand England a 14-run victory. To be fair his edge was not quite as obvious, but as they say what’s good for the goose…

Broad then deliberately tried to waste time when bowling on the final day of that same test match.

Lehmann commented how the Australian team have not forgotten these acts and that Broad is enemy number one. He went on to say “From my point of view I just hope the Australian public give it to him right from the word go for the whole summer and I hope he cries and he goes home. I just hope everyone gets stuck into him because the way he’s carried on and the way he’s commented in public about it is ridiculous.”

It is one thing to think such a thing, another to almost try and whip Australian cricket fans into a frenzy to target an individual. This is foolish and Lehmann is now as guilty as Broad of behaviour unbefitting the game of cricket.

It will be interesting, should some drunken fan decide to take matters into his own hands and try and teach Mr Broad what it feels like ‘to get a tickle,’ whether Lehmann’s comments are looked at more closely and whether he is deemed to have stirred up the ill feeling to reach such a point.

Sometimes it is better to let actions speak louder than words, and the place to bring Broad back down to size is on the pitch. Lehmann is no doubt frustrated that it has taken until the fifth and final test for his charges to come close to do doing that and that may be the reason for his ill-advised comments.

August 23, 2013 at 4:19 pm 1 comment


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