OK, excuse me for being a cynical Friggin Loon, but I nearly choked on my cornflakes this morning after hearing Ricky Ponting has been sidelined for the 5th Ashes Test. A bit friggin late dontcha think? Why didn’t he considered that before going injured into the Boxing day test. Hmm, could it have been self interest and ego? The captain didn’t even bother to front up for the press conferences after the teams pathetic 98 runs in the first innings, instead leaving Michael Clark to face the music. I have deliberately avoided mentioning the Ashes Cricket test on the blog fearing Duncan would humiliate us even more (if that is possible) BUT WTF?
Here’s the thing you dumbassed selectors. When Greg Chappell, Dennis Lillee and Rod Marsh all retired around 1983-84 it left a gapping hole in the Australian cricket team and they declared they would never allow that to happen again….fast forward to today and the retirement of Shane Warne, Glen Macgrath, Matthew Hayden and Adam Gilchrist and viola, we have the same friggin issue. A classic example of that is Mr Cricket (Mike Hussey), he debuted for the Aussie team in 2005 when he was friggin 31. De-friggin-buted. The reluctance of selectors and cricketers to allow young blood into the side has left us with the pathetic group we have today, who seem more interested in their advertising deals (and tattoos) than actually playing. Is this because they have no fear of being dropped from the side?
Just prior to Australia losing the Ashes they were well and truly whipped by Sri Lanka who have a new YOUNG and impressive team. And don’t get me started on all the friggin excuses they are making for keeping Ponting on as captain. Give anyone the friggin job it can’t get any worse. As far as I can see Australian cricket has become like a clicky little boys club protecting their own. It’s enough to make me want to watch AFL. I would encourage all young cricketers to try their luck in the Indian Premier League, it would be easier to get a game.
PSST For all you non English or Aussie residents, Cricket is a sport.