Former cricketers react emphatically over bizarre sacking of 4 Aus players

Mar 12, 2013, 08:49 IST | A Correspondent

Here are a few reactions from former players

Shane Warne: The captain runs the team and in conjunction with the selectors picks the team. The captain should always have final say. Ridiculous what’s happening. As I have always said the coach should not be a selector. He should communicate well with the players and help them prepare, that’s it.

Michael Vaughan: Didn’t realise you had to do an essay to get a selection these days. What I am confused by is that the coach of Australia asked the players for only 3 things to improve the team? Bowl better, Bat better, Catch better, communicate better... Just b****y play better.... I am now available for selection of Australia.

Mark Waugh: I’m stunned. I’ve never heard of this sort of thing before at top level in any sport. When you are losing there are niggling things but they’re grown men, it’s not schoolboy stuff. It’s not under-6s, this is Test cricket. There would have been a better way.

Allan Border: It seems a bit of a strong measure for a coach or captain to take. I’m surprised that’s the penalty for something so mundane. It seems like it
was on a schoolboy tour or something. It’s an over the top reaction.

Damien Fleming: On a positive note, Ed Cowan’s presentation has just been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize.

Dean  Jones: The major question that should be asked. Why didn’t the players give the presentations? Were they scared of saying their opinion? Or Lazy?

Ian Chappell: It is surprising, you expect a bit more is going to come out of it. A move like this it’s a huge thing... I don’t remember anything of this sort
in Australian cricket in the past. 

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