Why do we never learn about India?

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    The shenanigans of the the past few days have served to mask a greater crime on the state of our treasured cricket traditions.

    Not a failure to win – but a failure to appropriately represent the baggy green and all those who have gone before – fans and players.

    We now know, because Arthur and Howard have said so, that misdemeanours have been frequent, repeated and involve far more than the four dissidents who have been penalised in an excessive and unbalanced way.

    Oh, and no quiet word or last chance deadline either. Arthur is not stupid – this was a planned opportunity for him. Why?

    Here the stories diverge.

    It is a fact that Cricket Australia has an institutionalised disregard and arrogance towards the keener fan-base of their team(s) – dismissing their views is the managements’ daily dirty little pleasure.

    However an unprecedented fan-based outpouring on all aspects of these events has resulted in such a public platform it cannot be contained. The old saying ‘be careful what you wish for’ springs to mind.

    One thing is clear – the management themselves have confirmed they lost control of their responsibility to develop required culture, and confirmed an absence of respect.

    This is a clear cut admission of failure to achieve tasks they are paid for.

    Pat Howard added to his sentence by going to the press with his Watson innuendo before Watson even landed.

    Mickey Arthur (great elsewhere) and Howard (great nowhere) have to go, along with Inverarity.

    But this is not management’s only misdemeanour – nor is it an isolated event .

    Have we learnt nothing about India?

    This series has been in the diary for years – inconveniently, I agree, before two Ashes series which are very different contests.

    But you would think it was an afterthought based on Cricket Australia management’s all round performance .

    Did no one look at what happened to England (then #1) a few months ago?

    Thrashed from the first ball – bamboozled by three relentless spinners and close fields, and defeated before the start of play by picking only one spinner.

    The only place for the seamers was the after match physios.

    Amazingly this is the exact formula that our lemming management chose, with the same result.

    Management had years to prepare for this – their failure is on three levels – development, selection and preparation.

    All these tasks were grossly under-performed or not performed at all.

    It is unacceptable that not one apinner has been developed for potential Test selection who can turn the ball both ways. What are our academies for?

    It is at least negligent to have not recognised that this was required for an Indian Tour .

    Both two southern pitches are famously clay pans – our batsmen should have been practising on clay pans for months and against 100s of overs by spinners supported by close fielders.

    In what sport would you not practice for the conditions you know you will get?

    What were they doing? You have to conclude the India Tour was not respected.

    Why would Hughes’ manager need to complain about denial of specific preparation? If he had been subjected to a planned clay pan prep he may have learned to play technically closer to his body – or indeed not get selected at all for not adjusting.

    Poor Michael Clarke – the last man standing.

    His effort was like Ian Poulter in the Ryder Cup who carried the European team up the hill on his shoulders.

    He has failed to get them over the hill because his management delivered a poorly selected and underprepared team around him.

    It is too late to address the preparation and selection for the tour. It is a crime not to maximise the possibility for this third Test.

    This week’s events are tantamount to accepting the series is over.

    England came back in the last two Tests, where a higher bounce gave their spinners an edge. They won.

    Our team for third Test is definitely worse than it could have been.

    Is Smith really the only ripping spinner we can produce?

    With some respect I say Maxwell, Henriques and Smith are not Test standard and we may bat both Wade and Haddin, if Wade is fit.

    Oh, did anyone notice that Johnson got a devastating 5-fer at Mohali last time around and Watson smashed a century?

    The 4th Test in Delhi is only relevant if we win the third – if we do those players will be maintained – if we don’t changes will matter little.

    What the management has done is an insult to the Baggy Green cap.

    The Ashes will soon send this into the mist – the present management should not be the ones guiding our culture and commitment and preparation.

    Respect has always to be earned – if not then heavy handed lessons rarely work with adult Aussie testoronic males.

    Michael Clarke should be deselected as a selector and do what he is best at – captaining and performing on the field.

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    The Crowd Says (9)

    • March 15th 2013 @ 7:15am
      Red Kev said | March 15th 2013 @ 7:15am | ! Report

      Very good article. Arthur and Clarke are busy worrying about little things because they can (try to) control them, the flurry of activity allows them to ignore the elephants stampeding around the room. Unfortunately it also allows the press to ignore them and there goes any hope of accountability.

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        March 16th 2013 @ 4:59am
        Harsh Sinha said | March 16th 2013 @ 4:59am | ! Report

        The homework was indeed done pretty well. From a decent position, Australia ended their day 2 with only 3 wickets in hand! Hats OFF Arthur!

    • March 15th 2013 @ 9:32am
      St Mark W said | March 15th 2013 @ 9:32am | ! Report

      While there are some extremely good points about Cricket Australia’s poor preparation for this Indian tour I remain unconvinced by the arguments about the events of the last week. Some people are so full of their own self importance and significance that you can never earn their respect because they will always think they are right and you are wrong. Sledgehammer tactics are sometimes required to wake these people up to the reality of the situation.

      • March 15th 2013 @ 10:04am
        Red Kev said | March 15th 2013 @ 10:04am | ! Report

        And what happens when the guy with that attitude problem is the guy swinging the sledgehammer?

      • March 17th 2013 @ 9:05pm
        Clavers said | March 17th 2013 @ 9:05pm | ! Report

        I look at the four men who were deselected and I don’t see many attitude problems.
        Watson’s biggest failing through his career has been that he has actually trained too hard in the gym, resulting in the injuries that have plagued his career. But he has persevered,
        adapted his regimen, continues to work hard but now smarter, and performed extremely well (Border medals, World Cup Player of the Series, on the Honour Board at Lords as a bowler … )
        Johnson was struggling 15 months ago but he has worked hard on his game, improved his accuracy and taken 15 wickets at a very good a ersgw in the 3 tests he has played since. His fitness alone has always shown evidence of a good work ethic.
        And Pattinson’s results at such a young age speak for themselves.
        A cricketer seeking improvement could do much worse than try to emulate the examples of these three, their work ethics and their attitudes.

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      March 15th 2013 @ 2:03pm
      AdamS said | March 15th 2013 @ 2:03pm | ! Report

      Did Border, Tubby or Waugh have a team “Coach” or “Managment” who told them what to do, when to do it, gave out assignments and other team building exercises ripped straight from the KFC Assistant Manager guidebook? It seemed quite simple then. What’s changed to require all this rubbish?
      You pick a Captain, give him an old hand to play big brother and he runs the team. If the team won’t play for the Captain, then you either have the wrong team or the wrong Captain.
      Preparation? You pick players to suit the wickets. If a top order batsman wasn’t smart enough to figure out he need to get some spinner on clay practice before the tour then you wouldn’t pick him eh?

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      March 15th 2013 @ 3:29pm
      Rob na Champassak said | March 15th 2013 @ 3:29pm | ! Report

      ‘What the management has done is an insult to the Baggy Green cap.’

      I 100% agree. Without getting too caught up in jingoism and mythology, there is no other way to interpret the deliberate non-selection of the best players available. If things really were as bad as they say, then it shows that all of this time the team has been run with limp-wristed incompetence. The sudden tough stance does not excuse this, and the precedent that they have set is unacceptable.

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      March 16th 2013 @ 4:59am
      Harsh Sinha said | March 16th 2013 @ 4:59am | ! Report

      Michael Clarke’s dismissal shows that he has done the best homework lol 😛

    • March 16th 2013 @ 2:12pm
      lolly said | March 16th 2013 @ 2:12pm | ! Report

      Hardly any of these players have much experience in India. Look at the line-up compared to the last 2 test tour. This tour is about young/newish players learning how to play in these conditions.

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