Former Australia cricketers have expressed surprise at the exclusion of four Australian cricketers from the squad for third Test against India in Mohali.
"I'm surprised that's the penalty for something so mundane. It seems like it was on a schoolboy tour or something. It's an over the top reaction," former Australia captain Allan Border said.
Former Australia batsman Mark Waugh said he was stunned when he heard this news, "I'm stunned. I've never heard of this sort of thing before at top level in any sport. When you are losing there are niggling things there but they're grown men, it's not school boy stuff. It's not under-6s, this is Test cricket… there would have been a better way."
"From my experience report writing is not a player's strength, no surprise to hear some failing, need to focus more on field short comings?", former Australia all-rounder Tom Moody said.
Ex-Aussie batsman Darren Lehmann said he wants the management to act properly and take some good calls. "Adults we are, not schoolboys! Please let's act properly and make good decisions in India! Need these boys playing," Lehmann said.
"To many wrong people are picked for jobs who give a fancy presentation!!", said former Australia batsman Damien Martyn.
Dean Jones feels Australia are in trouble. "Implications from these actions are serious.. I feel it is deeper than it appears. Aust are in trouble!!"
It was not only former Australian cricketers who were surprised, but even old foes such as Michael Vaughan and Darren Gough taking a dig at Australian team management. Former England captain Vaughan said, "What is going on with Aussie Cricket?? Didn't realise you had to do an essay to get a selection these days..!!!!!"
"Financially cricket is great these days, but I'm glad I played when it was enjoyable and cricket was all that mattered - wickets and runs," ex-England pacer Darren Gough said.
Story first published on: Monday, 11 March 2013 17:10 IST