Cricketers are criticized for their meek surrender against India at Hyderabad
By Cricket Zone
Wed, Mar 06, 2013 09:06:08 GMT
The Australian cricketers are facing some heavy criticism from their own media after their abject surrender in the second Test at Hyderabad against India. The Australians looked out of sorts against a potent Indian spin-attack and were routed in less than three and a half days.
The Australian media on Wednesday dubbed their players as "pale warriors", who did not have the stomach for fight and the legs to last the distance. They spared skipper Michael Clarke as he was the only one amongst the runs.
"Was it murder or suicide in Hyderabad yesterday?, screamed the headline of ‘The Australian’.
The Sydney Morning Herald reported that the time has come for Clarke to take some tough decisions.
"... after consecutive drubbings in India? It is time for Clarke to get his hands dirty. To move out of the comfort zone. Choose your cliche. Until now, we have indulged a fantasy in which Australia would find four batsmen who could hold up an end until Clarke had time to fasten the pads. Thus, Clarke's tardy arrival would be demoralizing for a beleaguered opposition. That fantasy has exploded like the bowlers' foot marks at Roland Chennai.
"Clarke has passed most reasonable tests of leadership. Two challenges remain. The captain must do more to entertain, engage and select players who are not like-minded. And he must fix bayonet, move up to three or four and lead the charge. For the religious minded, Clarke must suffer for the sins of his fellow batsmen," Sydney Herald reported.
The criticisms are pouring from all corners and the only way the Aussie cricketers can silence these critics is by performing. Winning the series from here on is inevitable but leveling the series will be as good as winning it. A win will allow Australia to retain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.