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Monday, 29 October 2018

Hughes 'sceptical' about cricket review


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Former Australia bowler and selector Merv Hughes has questioned the credibility of the external review into Australia’s cricket culture.

The review conducted by the Ethics Centre found several cultural issues with the Australian cricket tea, which led to  the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa.

“I’m a little bit sceptical about the report,” Hughes told SEN Breakfast.

“I know a lot of time and effort has gone into it and basically what you see on the surface is a lot different to what you get behind the scenes.

“I’m still privileged where I get the opportunity to get behind the scenes and arrogant is one word I wouldn’t associate with the Australian players.

“You sit there and scratch your head a bit and say: 'has it been worthwhile?' A lot of people are going to read this and make of it what they want.

“I sit there and scratch my head, and as I said, arrogance is one word I don’t associate with the Australian cricket team.”

Hughes said some people may deem Australia's approach to the game as over the top but Hughes believes Australian teams historically have always had a healthy respect for the opposition.

“There’s a fine line between confident in your own ability and arrogance and once you become arrogant you don’t respect the opposition and you don’t respect the game,” Hughes added.

“If you’ve got the opportunity to get within the Australian cricket team that’s not the case, the case is they respect the game, they respect the opposition, they play hard and they play to win.

“Some people think that’s arrogant – I don’t.”

Former Australia bowler and selector Merv Hughes has questioned the credibility of the external review into Australia’s cricket culture.

The review conducted by the Ethics Centre found several cultural issues with the Australian cricket tea, which led to  the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa.

“I’m a little bit sceptical about the report,” Hughes told SEN Breakfast.

“I know a lot of time and effort has gone into it and basically what you see on the surface is a lot different to what you get behind the scenes.

“I’m still privileged where I get the opportunity to get behind the scenes and arrogant is one word I wouldn’t associate with the Australian players.

“You sit there and scratch your head a bit and say: 'has it been worthwhile?' A lot of people are going to read this and make of it what they want.

“I sit there and scratch my head, and as I said, arrogance is one word I don’t associate with the Australian cricket team.”

Hughes said some people may deem Australia's approach to the game as over the top but Hughes believes Australian teams historically have always had a healthy respect for the opposition.

“There’s a fine line between confident in your own ability and arrogance and once you become arrogant you don’t respect the opposition and you don’t respect the game,” Hughes added.

“If you’ve got the opportunity to get within the Australian cricket team that’s not the case, the case is they respect the game, they respect the opposition, they play hard and they play to win.

“Some people think that’s arrogant – I don’t.”

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