Sydney, Mar 13 (ANI): Coach Mickey Arthur has claimed Australian cricket is facing serious cultural and behavioral problems, which led to the sacking of four players from their squad to face India in the third Test match in Mohali, starting.
Arthur added back chat and giving attitude had become an unacceptable part of the Test team culture, leading to his decision to stand down Shane Watson, James Pattinson, Mitchell Johnson and Usman Khawaja for not submitting requested feedback after Australia's humiliating defeat in the second Test in Hyderabad, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.
Arthur said being late for a meeting, high skin folds, wearing the wrong attire, back-chat or giving attitude are just some examples of these behavioral issues that have been addressed discretely but continue to happen, adding if they are deadly serious about getting back to number one in the world, all players need to raise the bar and lift their game.
Arthur further added if not, they must be content at being number three or four or five in world cricket because they won't get any better, adding the players won't learn and they would continue a vicious cycle.
The coach said the decision to suspend Watson, Johnson, Pattinson and Khawaja for not adhering to a team request is the defining moment, but it has been a culmination of lots of small minor indiscretions that have built up to now.
Arthur, the former coach of South Africa, also said the past two days have been the toughest of his career, adding the media reaction to this decision was like none he has seen in his coaching career and has certainly divided opinion.
Arthur added the Australian team wants to be the Spanish football team, Manchester United or McLaren of world cricket, adding the absolute pinnacle where high standards are not expected, they are second nature, and Australian cricket fans deserve nothing less. (ANI)