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Aussie Ashes Squad – Big Fat Hairy Deal

In the aftermath of Homeworkgate and licking the window of stupidity, the Banana Bunch of Cricket Australia (with apologies to Deep Purple) have announced the names of those entrusted with trying to get the Ashes back from England:

Small CA Bananas

Michael Clarke (capt), Brad Haddin (vice-capt, wk), David Warner, Ed Cowan, Phillip Hughes, Shane Watson, Usman Khawaja, Chris Rogers, Matthew Wade (wk), James Faulkner, Ryan Harris, Peter Siddle, James Pattinson, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Jackson Bird.

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The Class Creep

Homeworkgate is like a badly written episode of Sunset Beach.  We’ve had lack of forethought from Arthur & Clarke, confidence shattering press conferences from Pat Howard, 4 players being excluded from test selection and Australia being deservedly handed their asses again (Sings “Three nil to the India! Three nil to the India!”).  Yesterday another revelation came to light.

Far from being an intellectual, which is no bad thing, Edward James McKenzie Cowan is nothing more than the class creep, the class grass.

That’s a shame because Yates was warming to him.  Not any more though.

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Advance Australia Where?

Australia are now 3-0 down in India.  This is a serious headache for Arthur & Clarke but one of their own making because of their poor management.  Arthur & Clarke have nailed their colours to the mast and expect players to adhere to those standards.  But as Yates has already written, those same standards must apply to them as well.  So the news that Michael Clarke’s dodgy back has flared up again highlights injury management by both CA, Arthur and the player himself.

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Mental Mickey?

Yates almost wet himself laughing this morning at the news that 4 of Australia’s touring squad in India have been dropped for the next test because they failed to complete a presentation about how the team could improve its performanes.

This has been described as “a breach of team protocol” but that is absolute b*ll*cks in Yates’ opinion.  Let us be more accurate in this assessment – it’s refusing to take part in mindless, pointless management games which suggest that Mickey Arthur hasn’t got a clue any more.

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