Australia’s limited-overs assignment against England will there first after the infamous ball-tampering saga at Cape Town which left them in utter dismay.
Captain Steven Smith and vice-captain David Warner were handed one-year suspension each by Cricket Australia (CA). As Cameron Bancroft who carried out the heinous task in Cape Town under the instruction of Warner and Smith was handed a nine-month ban.
With Australia preparing for the series in England they will need a new motivation. They should look for a change in their behaviour on the field. It has been the subject of criticism for a long time.
After the ball-tampering saga took centre stage, the focus has turned to the aggressive on-field behaviour by the Australian cricketers.
Former coach Darren Lehmann also stepped down from his post. Following his resignment former Aussie opener Justin Langer was appointed the coach of the national team.
Langer has set a set of rules and regulations before his players and urged them to play a disciplined brand of cricket. However, he has also asked them to stick to playing hard. It has been the trend of Australian players for a long time.
Meanwhile, former Aussie wicketkeeper-batsman Adam Gilchrist, a former teammate of Langer claimed that players establishing themselves as ‘good blokes’ will make them eligible to seek the hand of Langer’s daughter for marriage.
Gilchrist who appeared in the Australian TV Sports Show ‘Back Page Live’ on Fox Sports.
The left-handed batsman Gilchrist said Langer has set a pretty high standard for Australian players ahead of the pre-camp in Brisbane for England series.
According to flamboyant Gilchrist, Langer has told his players that he wants them to be role models. It will enable him to give away his daughter in marriage. It must be noted the former opener has four daughters.
“Langer, as you’ve heard, wants honesty and humility. Actually, I’ve heard him say he wants his players to be good enough blokes that he would consider allowing them to marry his daughters. He’s got four daughters – so that’s the selection process going on,” Gilchrist said on a lighter note.
Australia is slated to play five One-day Internationals and a One-off T20I against England in June.
Gilchrist believes Australia will continue to sledge:
Many former cricketers have suggested the Australian team to improve its behaviour. Even former coach Lehmann said the Aussie players should start following the calmer approach by their neighbours, New Zealand.
However, Gilchrist is of the opinion that they will continue to sledge.
Justin Langer in a recent interview said that he doesn’t have any problems with on-field banters. However, he said no to personal abuse.
“Get it clear from day one. We have to aim to be No 1 in professionalism, No 1 in honesty and humility,” he asserted.
“It does not matter how many runs you score. If you are not a good bloke, that is what people remember. Our mateship is really important, sticking together,” he concluded.