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Tom Moody gives brutal assessment of Australian cricket following ODI defeat

Former Australian star Tom Moody has given a brutal assessment of Australian cricket in the wake of the hosts humiliating defeat to South Africa in Perth on Sunday.

The Aussies were convincingly knocked over by six wickets by the Proteas after collapsing to be all out for 152 – 3/8 at one stage – before the tourists finished the job with the bat with more than 20 overs to spare.

Bustling paceman Nathan Coulter-Nile top-scored for Australia with a quick fire cameo of 34, while Alex Carey made a fighting 33 as the rest of the team’s batting line-up capitulated.

It wasn’t the way Justin Langer’s side wanted to start the summer on the back of a poor showing in the UAE against Pakistan and a week of controversy which saw Cricket Australia left embarrassed by the findings of the Longstaff review last Monday.

Moody said more issues could lie central to the ongoing struggles in Australian cricket.

“I wonder whether there’s bigger issues at play,” Moody said.

“I certainly believe there are with regards to the way we’re structuring our domestic game, the way we’ve suddenly pushed all our 50 over Domestic fixtures at the beginning of the season.

“It’s nearly like they’re discarded because let’s get them out of the way as quickly as possible.

“There’s a number of things you can point your finger at, but I hope the powers to be within Cricket Australia are certainly addressing them now.”

The six wicket defeat was Australia’s seventh straight loss in the limited overs form of the game, while they’ve lost 17 of the last 19 ODIs after winning the World Cup in 2015.

Moody was also critical of the newly established Players’ Pact in the wake of the Longstaff review findings.

“My first impressions are it’s very much a corporate wrapped up parcel that has been prepared to try to win back trust and the public,” Moody said.

“I don’t think you need all that Hoo-Hah.

“To me it’s about getting the right people in the right seats in the organisation both on and off the field.

“It’s clear we haven’t had the right people in the right positions.”

The Aussies will look to bounce back from their first start loss when they host South Africa at the Adelaide Oval on Friday.


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