Hands up if you know who Sally Robbins is.
Sally Robbins is famous for being the rower who decided that she'd had enough of rowing and she was going to lie down and take a rest. The only problem with her plan was that she and her team were in the middle of a gold medal race at the Athens Olympics. Up until that point, they had been well placed to take the bronze medal. After Super Sal decided she was mentally and physically exhausted and decided to lie down, we lost.
She quit. And that is un-Australian.
Shaun Tait has also quit. He also seems to think he is mentally and physically exhausted. I hereby deem him un-Australian.
In cricket, the Australian form is to be dropped. When you're dropped, you're gutted, you're determined to be selected again and you go to an extreme to be super fit to the point where the selectors would be publicly ridiculed for not picking you. It's happened to the best of them, and I might go so far as to suggest that it is one reason we are so fabulous.
As for Shaun Tait, well if he'd played in the fourth test there is no way he would have quit. Right? His timing almost makes it seem like he's chucking a tantrum.
I think he seriously let the side down at the Perth match, and yes he would have been dropped. But that isn't the end of the world. He could have gone away, improved and been picked again.
He may yet prove me wrong. I have no doubt he will in fact, simply because I suggested otherwise and the gods seem to like demonstrating irony on me. Although he might not be looked upon favourably for what he's done. A bit like ol Sally, when she expressed her desire to row for Australia again. Bahahaha! Good one, Sal.
Anyway I hope he does come back, because no one likes to see someone self-destruct. But snap out of it!
EDIT: I would like to clarify. Having a mental illness is different to doing a Sal. From the information that's been provided so far, he's lost his love of the game and is knackered. To me that does not imply a mental illness. It implies he's done a Sal.
- ► 2009 (51)
- Be nice, children
- Shauny does a Sally
- History of the Ashes
- Gilly's going
- Ohh, we're halfway there...
- Out for 153
- Ranking the evil opponents
- England, England
- Steve Waugh speaks, Australia stops and listens.
- Move over, Keats
- The Windies lose to South Africa
- India sure showed Australia
- The third test
- Not walking is not cheating. And the rest.
- Indian cricketers keen to be labelled hypocrites
- Kumble's claws are out
- K Rudd likes cricket
- Roy the Destroyer
- ▼ January (19)