Sydney: Australian wicket-keeping legend Ian Healy has said that the presence of Australian players' wives and girlfriends on the current Ashes tour is a distraction.
Former Australia wicketkeeper Ian Healy. Pic/Getty Images
Healy aired his views on Channel Nine after Australia were bowled out for a mere 60 runs before lunch on Day One of the fourth Test at Nottingham on Thursday.
"All their partners are here and some of the most respected cricketers I played with, hated that distraction. They weren't allowed on tour until after the series had been won," Healy said during commentary.
The Australian cricket team's wives and girlfriends — (back row, left to right) Isabelle Platt, partner of Mitch Marsh, Jessica Johnson, wife of Mitchell Johnson, Melissa Waring, partner of Nathan Lyon, Dani Willis, partner of Steve Smith, Kyly Clarke, wife of Michael Clarke, and Kristy Voges, wife of Adam Voges, and (front row, left to right) Bec O’Donovan, wife of Shaun Marsh, Sam Nelson, fiance of Peter Nevill and Cherie Harris, wife of Ryan Harris holding their son Carter pose during Day One of the second Ashes Test at Lord’s in London recently. Pic/Getty Images
Healy said that the players' minds needed to have a single point of focus.
"Your mind needs to be completely focused on it. Cricket is a sport that requires complete concentration. You need everything going for you and I'm not sure they're pushing for that hard enough." Healy said.