brilliant by Mitchell, the last time 1 england player ended up int he loony bin, id be disappointed if there werent 2 or 3 this time
Anyone out there?
Fitzy will be seething when he wakes up to this.
Australian cricketing great Ian Healy has blamed the wives and girlfriends of the Australian players for contributing to the team’s calamitous start to the fourth Ashes test.
The former Test wicketkeeper questioned whether the WAGs were a “distraction” on tour, after the tourists’ were bowled out for 60 in just 111 balls before lunch on day one, the shortest first inning in Test cricket history.
“All their partners are here and some of the most respected cricketers I played with hated that distraction. They weren’t allowed on tour until after the series had been won,” Healy said during his commentary of the fourth Test at Trent Bridge for Channel Nine.
“Your mind needs to be completely focused on it. Cricket is a sport that requires complete concentration. You need everything going for you and I’m not sure they’re pushing for that hard enough.” Healy said.
"Their hearts might not be that strong … are they together as a team? Do they fragment from here? Do they meet and talk about it tonight? Will they confront it?"
It was not the first time Healy has disparaged the female contingent of the Australian cricketing team’s supporter base.
In 2007 Healy was caught on camera miming a violin player while Australian cricketer Andrew Symonds was talking about breast cancer fund-raising during a break in the cricket.
At the time Healy said he was the victim of a misunderstanding after viewers complained.
WAGs have repeatedly been made convenient scapegoats for the on-field failures of the Australian cricketing team.
Ten years ago, the presence of the WAGs on tour was also blamed for Australia’s Ashes defeat.
Healy was part of the breakthrough 1989 Ashes tour, when Allan Border banned wives and girlfriends for part of the tour in an attempt to build a stronger bond between players, as the team was still finding its way.
In 2010, Michael Clarke’s then fiancee Lara Bingle was called the Yoko Ono of Australian cricket after the vice-captain flew home from New Zealand during the Australian tour to comfort her amid a nude photo scandal.
During the 2005 Ashes tour, the WAGs again copped criticism for poor performance on the pitch.
Recounting events in his autobiography, Adam Gilchrist said: “A guy would go out to dinner with his partner and hear bad things about someone else’s partner … it ended up some of the guys were suffering from their divided loyalties.” “I guess this was why the old-time captains had always said no to bringing partners on tour. I still thought it was a great idea to have them but the experiment did carry a risk,” he said.
It’s a debate which has gone on for decades. In the 1930s, Australian players agreed to contracts forbidding their wives from being in the same country when on tour.
However, sports psychologist Phil Jauncey, who has worked with elite cricketers for many years, said on Friday it was “pretty hard to see how wives could have had anything to do” with the terrible batting at Trent Bridge, when the tourists were routed by seamer Stuart Broad.
The wives and girlfriends have been with the team since the first Test in Cardiff.
Australia have pulled the plug on their upcoming tour of Bangladesh.
An Australia cricket fan has been jailed and fined after streaking during the first Test in Sri Lanka.
Alex James ran unchallenged onto the outfield during a rain delay on the opening day in Pallekele before stripping naked and sliding across the waterlogged covers.
He got dressed again and left the field - but was later arrested by police.
James, from Brisbane, was ordered to spend a week in prison and pay a fine of 3000 rupees (£15.70).
Cricket Australia said: “File this one under, ‘It seemed like a good idea at the time’.”
Some other Aussie cheating fuck balling his eyes out live on camera now, what a nation of utter fucking pussies
They’re being very clever actually. The media have done a complete 180 on Smith since his little breakdown. He’s now being portrayed as the victim.
Many of Smith’s sponsors who dumped him were earlier this week applauded for their stance, and they’re now accused of being too reactionary.
I’m sick to death of the cunts at this stage anyway.
Cheating and destroying their entire lives in broad daylight. The Aussies are a smart bunch alright
I was referring to this.
Put the drink down.
They have shamed their country and you by association. Despicable carry on
Yes, that much is obvious. Nobody’s debating that.
They’ve been very cleverly coached in how they handled the media upon their return. The tears brilliantly orchestrated.
Is the drink put away?
Is your head hung in shame?
Not really mate. I’ve zero interest in the Crickeroos.
It’s not like one of the Wallabies were up in court on rape charges. That’d really shame a country and all associated to it. That’s how it works right?
That’s the snowflake generation for you. Start blubbering like a baby in front of the cameras and almost all is forgiven and you’re on the road to rehabilitation.
I’ll see you Jackson and Olding and raise you Russell Packer and Matt Lodge.
England racked up 481/6 in an ODI against Australia yesterday.
Good enough for them
The nice guy approach isn’t working