Mike Whitney takes aim at Cricket Australia
Another shocking batting collapse by the Australian Test Cricket side has seen calls for change grow louder by the day
After bowling Pakistan out for a paltry 282 runs the stage was set for the Aussies to come out and set themselves up for victory with a big first innings total. Hopes of that were quickly dashed as the Australians were bowled out for an equally paltry and even more embarrassing 145.
Former Australian Cricketer Mike Whitney spoke on the Macquarie Sports Breakfast show about the disastrous performance starting with the problems he sees with the current batting order, “For me Usman is a 3. I don’t like Mitch Marsh up the order, I think he’s 6. There’s a lot of pressure on the batting order. It’ll probably change when they come back to Australia because I think some of these guys would have been picked just to play over there in the UAE.
Whitney went on to talk about what he sees as the real problem plaguing the Australian batting line up, “I’m reticent to bring this up but I will. The two players that aren’t in the team who are out for 12 months suspended for ball tampering, those two guys, Smith and Warner have scored 40% of our runs in the last 4 or 5 seasons if you put them together. When you take two amazing players like that out of the mix, two blokes in the mix then have to step up to do that or the whole batting unit has got to step up 10, 15, 20% each to cover for the runs that Steven Smith and David Warner have scored in the last 4 or 5 seasons.”
Whitney took aim at Cricket Australia for what he see as an overreaction in regards to their sanctioning of Smith and Warner, “They’re extraordinary players these guys and it’s just sad that Cricket Australia was a bit nee jerk in their reaction. No other players ever have been suspended for ball tampering. In my memory anyway, they get a one match suspension or a fine and that’s pretty much it but Cricket Australia, being a little pious I suppose, didn’t see it that way.”
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