Australian Cricket at its Lowest

The cricket world is in turmoil as never before. A national coach resigned, its captain is in tears. This is the culmination of a scandal, which occurred in play at an international match in South Africa. Fair play is a central principle in every sport, and especially in cricket, where offences of this nature are considered sacrilege.

Namely, the ball was manipulated with sandpaper, which deeply hurt the Australian image of sportsmanship. So far, the Australians were always cheering for their successful team. Now, they are ashamed. The game was available for betting at

Steve Smith, the captain of the Australian national team, landed in Sydney after a long journey back from South Africa. “I know I’ll regret it for the rest of my life,” Smith said in a shaky voice as he sat sobbing in front of cameras and microphones and talking about the shame he had brought on his family.

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When Smith left for South Africa for an international match, he was one of the best players in the world. He has returned as a deluded fraudster. He takes full responsibility, he said. It is the culmination of a scandal, which has caused the biggest turmoil in cricket in recent times.

Smith and vice-captain David Warner had instigated their fellow player Cameron Bancroft to sandpaper the leather ball during Saturday’s game against South Africa. The so-called ball tampering deteriorates the flying ability of the ball, which means a massive disadvantage for the opponent batsman.

A camera was filming Cameron, the action flew open, and the outcry was huge. The Australian Cricketers’ Association barred Smith and Warner for twelve, Bancroft for nine months from all international and national games. They also have to do 100 hours of volunteer work. In addition, coach Darren Lehmann resigned, who had previously stated that he knew nothing of manipulation.

In order to understand the whole vortex, which was caused with a little sandpaper grinding, one must gain basic understanding of the nature of every sport. Fair play is not a mere phrase in cricket, but a central principle. The Australians have violated the spirit of cricket, especially in Australia and other Commonwealth countries where cricket is a national sport.

So far, the national team was an integral part of the Australian national pride. The Australians won four of the last five Cricket World Cups. This fraud is very sensitive to the Australians. Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said that it had been unimaginable so far that the Australian cricket team could be involved in a fraud.

However, in the past, the Australians had accumulated incidents that did not necessarily match the noble spirit of the sport. They are regarded as rather unpopular with the competitors, which is not only because they often win. Instead, the Australians like to use other unclean methods – and behave not necessarily exemplary.

Do you remember David Warner colliding in the stairwell with the opposing player Quinton de Kock? This aggressive nature of the team says so much about them according to recently retired international Ed Cowan. In order to regain the trust of the public, the team needs a major overhaul. Looks like it has just started.

Simon Katich Vs Cricket Australia

It’s fair to say that there is something of a major debate currently taking place in Australia over the comments made by Simon Katich about Cricket Australia since he wasn’t offered a new central contract.
It looks like Katich’s place will be going to the prolific (haha) Phil Hughes, remember him, the man who was going to thrash the English attack in 2009, the next great Aussie player off the conveyour belt, the great man who was supposed to win the Ashes for Australia – no wonder Katich’s peeved off.
For me this is the latest in a long line of balls ups by the Aussie selectors, this is a fight they didn’t need to pick as there are other areas of the team that need addressing far more urgently than the opener’s spots.
Like the spin bowling department. Going back as far as that ridiculous decision to leave Nathan Hauritz out of the 5th test at the Oval in 2009, the Aussie selectors have failed to deal with this and certain other issues that are glaringly obvious to all.
It’s not rocket science, it’s just common sense and the Aussie selectors have failed miserably in this department.
They have treated some of their spinners in an appauling way, probably setting the younger ones back years in their development – almost making Katich’s treatment look somewhat exceptable.
Ok, so there is no replacement for Warne, but there never will be, so they need to realise this and stop the revolving door of spinners going through the team.
Surely it’s not beyond them to pick a spinner to perform a certain role for the team, England did it with Ashley Giles and South Africa with Paul Harris.
Harris is the perfect example, in isolation he looks an ordinary bowler at best. But South Africa have a plan and they stick to it, with Harris – using his brain and making the most of his ability – implementing that plan (until Imran Tahir came along that was).
They also continue to bury their heads over Mitchell Johnson, I know on his day he is a match winner, but how often does his day come along? They can’t go on forever waiting for him too come good, there comes a time when Australia have to say enough is enough.
These are just two areas of the team that I believe needed addressing far more urgently than the position of Simon Katich.
This Australia team is obviously not good enough to reach the heights of 5-10 years back, but I don’t believe it is that far away from being competitive with India, South Africa and England.
At the moment they are falling behind though, not because of the team in my view, but because of those running it. Australia are shooting themselves in the foot. It looks too me like the clear out isn’t needed at the top of the order, but at the top of the structure of Cricket Australia.