Cricket has been the one enduring sporting love of my life. Today many Australians are celebrating the series victory over our traditional rivals, England.
Some of us are not.
‘Test cricket’ matches have been played between our two countries for 130 years. Cricket is more than just a game requiring technical skills and physical endurance. As each game is played over five consecutive days, complex and subtle tactical manoeuvres are required to deal with the vagaries of changing pitch and weather conditions. But most of all, cricket has always demanded of it’s players an exemplary level of sportsmanship both on and off the field, including respect for opponents, and winning or losing with grace and dignity.
This year, players from both teams have violated the proud traditions of the game. Australia, as the host nation needs to take most responsibility. The on-field behaviour of our players has been utterly disgraceful. Verbal abuse, intimidation and threats of physical violence to opponents might belong with other sports, but not cricket.
We have witnessed these highly-paid sporting heroes of today, who are the role models for our young cricketers of the future, behaving like loudmouthed thugs and disrespectful uncouth showponies.
Cricket deserves better than this.
Much, much better.
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Update; 30th December 2013;
Following this verbal dressing down I am delighted to announce that all players behaved themselves admirably during the subsequent Fourth Test Match. Accordingly, I am expecting a cheque in the mail from the Australian Cricket Board this week. Other financial donations from traditional cricket lovers may be lodged online at the usual place: goffixedthebastards.com