Cricket Australia chairman, Earl Eddings has a clear message to his team ahead of the four-match Border Gavaskar Test series between Australia and India commencing from December 6. He insists the teams should play hard but fair cricket. Meanwhile, his comments came at a time when ‘elite honesty’ has emerged as the buzzword in the Australian setup. The players have framed their culture pact and, under the new coach, Justin Langer.

Just play good, hard cricket – Earl Eddings

Earl Eddings, Australia vs India 2018/19
Earl Eddings wants both the teams to play good, hard cricket. Image Courtesy: Getty

“Just play good, hard cricket. I don’t think people want us to be quiet but they want us to play with respect to the game, play hard but fair, and win well and lose better,” Eddings was quoted as saying by ‘Sydney Morning Herald’.

“The old adage is you don’t say much when you win and say even less when you lose. I think we have a great team, they are fine young men, and I think they will do that. My advice to the guys is to go out and play your natural game and try as hard as you can. That’s all Australians want to see,” Earl Eddings added.

Earl Eddings got appointed as the chairman after David Peever was forced to step aside

Meanwhile, Eddings earlier had hoped the Adelaide match would continue to get staged under lights, though the visitors had reservations.

Earl Eddings, David Peever
Earl Eddings replaced David Peever. Image Courtesy: Getty

However, Australia will miss the services of their two greats – Steven Smith and David Warner. The duo is serving a twelve months ban from the international cricket after involving themselves in the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa early this year.

“Day-night Test cricket is a way of the future. You don’t play it in all countries and at all venues. Certainly, in Adelaide, you have seen how successful that has been,” Eddings said.

“Unfortunately, we couldn’t get it done this year, but we are going to have one in Brisbane. If you have the right Test at the right spot, day-night Test cricket is fantastic,” he concluded.