The crisis in the Australian cricket team on tour to India has elicited reactions ranging from incredulity to outrage. Here’s a look at what some former Australian players, as well as others, are saying.
Mark Waugh: It just seems weird that for not filling in a form about how the team could improve from the Test match you get dropped. Sure there’s a better outcome than dropping four players for not filling in a form. It seems ridiculous to me. I’ve never heard anything so stupid in all my life. It’s not under-6s, this is Test cricket.
It’s certainly going to cause some discontent amongst the squad over in India. Then again, in adversity, it does sometimes bring the squad together.
Obviously Michael Clarke and Mickey Arthur have done it for a reason. They want everybody to be on the same page and disciplined, but this has totally split up the group. How you come back from this sort of drama for the third and fourth Tests I don’t know.
Darren Lehmann: Adults we are, not schoolboys! Please let’s act properly and make good decisions in India! Need these boys playing.
Tom Moody: From my experience report writing is not a player’s strength, no surprise to hear some failing, need to focus more on field shortcomings?
Stuart MacGill: It was obviously difficult for Johnson and Khawaja to respond to the coach’s task as they didn’t take part in the first two Tests.
As I have always said the coach should not be a selector. He should communicate well with the players & help them prepare, that’s it !
— Shane Warne (@warne888) March 11, 2013
Bryce McGain: ‘Line in the sand’ moment for the Australian cricket team. I’m gobsmacked, to be honest. I’ve seen people looking to learn and draw inspiration from other sports, but nowhere have I read people not being eligible for selection for not doing their homework.
Damien Martyn: It’s a shock! To me it’s an absolute joke that four guys…Pattinson and Watson being major players to win a Test series in India are going to miss out. I’m all for team bonding and team activity, but missing a Test match because of a reason like this is stupid.
Darren Gough: Financially cricket is great these days, but I’m glad I played when it was enjoyable and all that mattered wickets and runs.
Damien Fleming: On a positive note, Ed Cowan’s presentation has just been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize.
What is going on with Aussie Cricket??Didn’t realise you had to do a Essay to get a selection these days..!!!!!
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) March 11, 2013
Andrew Flintoff: Amazing 4 Aussie players banned for not doing homework, I thought letting them play in the next test would be punishment enough.
Dean Jones: Implications from these actions are serious.. I feel it is deeper than it appears. Aust are in trouble!!