Australian cricket is in some pretty serious denial tonight. This is nothing new, but you'd think now would be a good time to just come clean and admit there are problems.
Shit, even Obama could admit there were problems, and I think he had a bit more to lose.
As a consequence of this denial, I've decided that they're all - the officials and the players - a bit like doctors. This is in the sense that when something goes wrong they all band together in a showing of rampant elitism, pretending all's well, and that we shouldn't question them or their methods because they know best. But underneath the self-indulgent, egotistical collusion, there's a festering pit of discrepency and incompetence.
Not to put too fine a point on it.
"Crisis? I don't think there's a crisis in Australian cricket at all," Clarke said.
What the fuck?
Some home truths:
We were defeated by an innings three times in a five match series.
We last lost the Ashes in Australia 24 years ago. I was six months old.
In recent times we have lost to South Africa, India. We drew with Pakistan.
We are fifth in the Test rankings.
Ponting is the only captain in a century to lose three Ashes.
Oh God, there's more, you know it.
There's a sentiment that being the Australian cricket captain is a more important job than the prime minister. Sure this might indicate that our priorities are seriously misordered, but it exists. When we get sick of our government, we get rid of them. So listen up, Cricket Australia, the people are speaking, enough of your media spin, your stage-managed PR bullshit, your whimsical attitude that trying your best is good enough. At this level, it isn't, and stop evading the issue.
Australian cricket is in crisis. You've screwed up, big time, and the way to get the confidence of your public back is not by saying it isn't true.
It is true. WE SAW YOU.
My solution? Sack the lot, starting with James Sutherland, down through Hilditch, Neilsen, Ponting, and beyond.
A lot of money is invested in sport in this country. And cricket is not a sport just for the private school boys, with exclusivity betrayed by accent, and money attached. Kids here, from a young age, are encouraged to believe they can play for Australia, in whatever their sport is. There is a huge pool of excellence out there, there is talent out there, we just need some representatives willing to fetch the axe, and begin a proper process of renewal.
For the good of the country.
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