Former Australia cricketer Simon Katich has urged the cricketers to rectify their mistakes as quickly as possible and earn back respects from the whole cricketing fraternity.
Meanwhile, the Aussies will take on India in the four-match Test series amidst all the controversies. The host nation touched a new low when the camera caught them cheating during the Cape Town Test against South Africa. They used external methods to change the shape of the ball to extract more out of it.
As a result, Cricket Australia (CA) suspended Steven Smith, David Warner, and Cameron Bancroft for their role. They continued with their zero-tolerance policy as they ruled out any chances to uplift the ban imposed on them. Michael Clarke recently stated that Australian should not give up their attitude during the upcoming Test series.
Simon Katich, however, felt that Clarke had “missed the point” with his comments, saying that the cricketers in the country needed to learn from the mistakes made earlier this year and find a middle ground.
“Once again we find someone missing the point,” Katich told Whateley on SEN radio. “What’s been forgotten in this is we blatantly cheated and there’s a reason we’re at this point now. We were caught for blatantly cheating and we have to rectify that as quickly as possible and earn back the respect not just of the cricketing public in Australia but worldwide and our behaviour’s a big part of that.
“Michael’s obviously made his comments but missing the point – how often have we seen an Australian captain get stripped of the captaincy for blatant cheating?” Katich said. “It’s never happened before… it brought shame on the nation. We’ve been a disliked team for a number of years through that on-field behaviour and it obviously came to a head in Cape Town.
It’s a tough battle for this team taking on the burden of what’s come before them. They can still play the Australian way in terms of playing competitive and playing fairly, but not going over the top and going across the rules like they did in Cape Town,” Simon Katich concluded.