The Mole In the Eye

Sigh! After all the hell is let loose, even the former cricketing greats of Australia still don’t understand where the problem lies. No, sacking Ponting wouldn’t make a zilch difference. It’s the myopia of a whole culture, call me racist, if you will.

Take this comment from Waugh (from Cricinfo):

Nevertheless, [Waugh] doesn’t believe Australia should apologise for their attitude. “Teams playing against Australia fail to understand that banter, gamesmanship, sledging or whatever anyone would like to call it is just the way Australian kids joust and play in the schoolyard and backyards. On the other hand, Australian teams can’t stomach time-wasting and perceived manipulation of the rules, including calling for runners, over-appealing and the alleged altering of the condition of the ball.”

Maybe, if he weren’t blind, he could have seen the dramatic increase in Australian over-rate from about 12 an hour to 15 an hour, from 2/3rd to 5th day. Yes, 12 with spinners with the shortest of run ups, and batsmen who are not known for rotating the strike! So what were the Aussies doing on day 2/3 that was different

And then of course, they don’t like excessive appealing! Surely, Steve, you’re kidding. Only you are not kidding anyone but yourself. Bugger off.

So here, for the benefit of these dimwits: that’s the problem – these Australian kids never growing up to the realities of a world where other people exist. It’s they, not the others, who need schoolmasters.

PS: Here is another example (if at all needed) of the Australian gamesmanship: http://www.rediff.com/cricket/2001/jul/31maha.htm

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20 thoughts on “The Mole In the Eye

  1. asuph says:

    SH, you’re missing the point. Bat and pads are ruled by umpires. A “cleanliness” of a catch is ruled by fielders in this series. Given that, there is a huge difference between asking a question about a bat-and-pad (still in past Indians have paid for excessive appealing, while Australians when they do it, it’s innocent asking?), and claiming an unclean catch.

    Sorry mate, you got it wrong there. If you don’t see that, you’re just reinforcing the title.

    thanks,
    asuph

  2. asuph says:

    > And both teams were slow in their over rates all game.

    Oh, but Mr. Waugh says that Australians don’t like it when other teams do it. Then why do it yourself, buddy?

    regards,
    asuph.

  3. SH says:

    This is what Waugh said according to your original post:

    Nevertheless, [Waugh] doesn’t believe Australia should apologise for their attitude. “Teams playing against Australia fail to understand that banter, gamesmanship, sledging or whatever anyone would like to call it is just the way Australian kids joust and play in the schoolyard and backyards. On the other hand, Australian teams can’t stomach time-wasting and perceived manipulation of the rules, including calling for runners, over-appealing and the alleged altering of the condition of the ball.”

    Where does it mention slow over rates?

  4. asuph says:

    SH: now you’re kidding me. The umpire “asked” Ponting/Clarke. Please, I have neither time or patience for this. Either you’re being naive or you’re just on purpose obfuscating. The way you keep coming back asking “where does it mention slow over rates” really takes the cake.

    Bask in the glory of the “hard and fair” victory. May God or whoever it is bless you.

    cheers,
    asuph

  5. Shruti says:

    What the hell. It’s a one time thing. Now that the BCCI has won, you all know that it’s just a money thing. No sponsors, no game. No BCCI, no money in cricket. Who cares about individuals?

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