- The arrogant Aussies, who are infamous for sledging in cricket, find themselves at the receiving end.
- The recent ball-tampering incident in South Africa that has put the Australian team in a bad light.
- The timing of the shameful incident that happened during the South African tour has killed the confidence of the rest of the team members.
The arrogant Aussies, who are infamous for sledging in cricket, find themselves at the receiving end following the recent ball-tampering incident in South Africa that has put the Australian team in bad light.
The three members of the team, including captain Steve Smith, has been banned by Cricket Australia (CA), and it has come as a body blow for the team spirit. Smith and David Warner, known for their batting skills, will get a one-year ban and young batsman Cameron Bancroft has been banned for nine months.
The worst is for Smith and Warner as they cannot be captains. The CA, in a release, has said that Smith is barred from captaining the team for two years while Warner can never become captain again.
The timing of the shameful incident that happened during the South African tour has killed the confidence of the rest of the team members. By the time the 15-member squad will be ready for the World Cup, the team can only hope to put up a decent performance, let alone winning against minnows like Bangladesh who have a history of causing upset against big teams.
Two months ago, Australian cricket was on a high. The team had just destroyed England in the Ashes and captain Steve Smith, a prolific batsman with a boyish smile, was pulling comparisons with the late Donald Bradman - a legendary Australian cricketer widely regarded as the most significant batsman ever to grace the pitch.
But now, the cheating scandal has plunged Australian cricket into one of the greatest traumas in history and sent a sports-mad nation into a collective bout of agonised reflection, if not hysteria.
The Australian team - minus Warner, Smith and Bancroft - faces a massive battle when it takes the field against South Africa on Friday, which is leading the series 2-1.
Without Smith and Warner, the summer of 2018-19 had been predictably challenging for the Australians. The crowd for the Test series against India and Sri Lanka fell away. Even as the Australian team fighting a constant battle against its own attacking instincts while under intense scrutiny put up a decent show.
But an even greater challenge lies ahead for Cricket Australia, which must rebuild the trust and faith of the sports-loving public.
Last Updated 4, Apr 2018, 7:10 PM IST