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Tuesday, 30 October 2018

Test great mocks 'corny' Aussie team


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Australian cricket's new Players' Pact has been slammed as "corny" and a "panic tactic" by Aussie great Andrew Symonds.

New Australian captain Tim Paine ans deputy Josh Hazlewood were the face of the pact as it was announced. It reads: "We recognise how lucky we are to play this great game. We respect the game and its traditions. We want to make all Australians proud. Compete with us. Smile with us. Fight on with us. Dream with us."

Symonds branded it an overreaction to the South African cheating scandal and not in keeping with how Australia best plays cricket.

"That to me appears as though it’s a panic tactic," he told Fox Sports’ The Back Page on Tuesday night.

"The boys have said, 'You’ve got to come up with something, you’ve got to be seen to be making an effort'.

"And it’s a bit corny, isn’t it? That’s not the Australian cricket way in my opinion.

"They could have come up with something a lot better than that, or as I said, they need to sit down and nut some of these things out."

 

Symonds also declared that the Australian team lacked real leaders, something that had been a problem for years. He said Steve Smith was not a strong leader and should have pulled fiery deputy David Warner into line long before the Cape Town sandpaper debacle.

"Unfortunately, we also haven’t had a natural born leader in the group or a number of leaders," he said.

"Steve Smith is a terrific player and he’s learning to be a good captain but he’s not a natural-born leader, he doesn’t like confrontation.

"He needed to tell David Warner to pull his head in a couple of years ago and say, ‘Mate, I’ll do the captaining, you the batting and everything will be dandy.

"It didn’t happen and over time you could see cracks starting to appear."

Symonds said he believed that Smith, Warner and Cameron Bancroft should serve their full suspensions, regardless of how the Australian team fared this summer - a stance at odds with the Australian Cricketers' Association, who on Tuesday called for the bans to be lifted.

Smith and Warner still have five months to serve, and Bancroft two.

Australian cricket's new Players' Pact has been slammed as "corny" and a "panic tactic" by Aussie great Andrew Symonds.

New Australian captain Tim Paine ans deputy Josh Hazlewood were the face of the pact as it was announced. It reads: "We recognise how lucky we are to play this great game. We respect the game and its traditions. We want to make all Australians proud. Compete with us. Smile with us. Fight on with us. Dream with us."

Symonds branded it an overreaction to the South African cheating scandal and not in keeping with how Australia best plays cricket.

"That to me appears as though it’s a panic tactic," he told Fox Sports’ The Back Page on Tuesday night.

"The boys have said, 'You’ve got to come up with something, you’ve got to be seen to be making an effort'.

"And it’s a bit corny, isn’t it? That’s not the Australian cricket way in my opinion.

"They could have come up with something a lot better than that, or as I said, they need to sit down and nut some of these things out."

 

Symonds also declared that the Australian team lacked real leaders, something that had been a problem for years. He said Steve Smith was not a strong leader and should have pulled fiery deputy David Warner into line long before the Cape Town sandpaper debacle.

"Unfortunately, we also haven’t had a natural born leader in the group or a number of leaders," he said.

"Steve Smith is a terrific player and he’s learning to be a good captain but he’s not a natural-born leader, he doesn’t like confrontation.

"He needed to tell David Warner to pull his head in a couple of years ago and say, ‘Mate, I’ll do the captaining, you the batting and everything will be dandy.

"It didn’t happen and over time you could see cracks starting to appear."

Symonds said he believed that Smith, Warner and Cameron Bancroft should serve their full suspensions, regardless of how the Australian team fared this summer - a stance at odds with the Australian Cricketers' Association, who on Tuesday called for the bans to be lifted.

Smith and Warner still have five months to serve, and Bancroft two.

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