'Tattered' Oz cricket needed sacking fiasco to wake up from slumber

Sydney, Mar 13 (ANI): Australian cricket desperately needed a crisis like the sacking of four players from the squad facing India in the third Test match in Mohali to rescue it from the immeasurable mesh of mediocrity, according to sports journalist, Robert Craddock.

"Don't feel sorry for Australia's four sacked cricketers. This day has been coming for some time. Around Australia, talkback radio lines were jammed with callers saying this was a classic case of a sledgehammer being used to swat a fly," Craddock wrote in his column for News.com.au.

"Of course it was but that doesn't make it wrong. Sometimes it is better to over-react than under-react, or even worse, do nothing. Standards have flagged in the Australian game," he added.

"In every state, there are players earning a million dollars a year who are plodders by international standards. Many are soft with over-inflated opinions of their worth who perform neatly within their narrow comfort zone. Some are overweight," he wrote.

Craddock further added: "Barely any Australian players have improved over the past year. Many have gone backwards. Cricket's sports science standards are a decade or more behind many other sporting codes yet few sports resist change like cricket."

"The game needed a jolt and here it is. Of course there will be pain. Australia will lose this series in India and struggle in the Ashes. But if a team is not listening to orders from their captain and coach, it was doomed anyway," he concluded. (ANI)