Sunday, March 25, 2018

Shame Australia Shame

While I feel it is terribly wrong that the British stole this great land mass of what we know as Australia from its local inhabitants and yes owners, the Aborigines, it is apparent that it was not Terra Nullius. (bad sentence construction. Forgive me. I am on a roll)  But I was born here, my parents were born here, my grandparents were born here and my great grandparents were born here, and most of my great great parents were born here. It is my country by an act of history.

I don't like exhibitions of pride in public, but I suppose I do take some quiet pride in being lucky enough to be born in this country, where an F18 Hornet flies over our city for public entertainment and not to bomb us.

One area where we are really on the world stage, in nearly all the old colonies that went on to become The Commonwealth, is with cricket, the gentleman's sport.

In my mind a perfect day of cricket is sitting on the perimeter of  an English village cricket green in a deck chair while watching a local game where all players honour the sport. The sky is blue with fluffy white clouds floating past. I have a gin and tonic at hand and a platter of cheese and biscuits to nibble. The sun makes me sleepy. I doze off, only to be woken by a hearty round of applause from the local team supporters applauding a really good take of a wicket by the visiting team. Is that not what cricket is about? Apparently not.

I feel shame. We can no longer speak of moral rectitude. We can no longer stand on our high horses. Our soap box has been kicked from under us. We will never again be in a position to lecture others about sportsmanship. A junior player was told to cheat by the Australian cricket captain and the lad followed orders.

Clearly that they thought they could get away this indicates firstly that they are stupid. Secondly that they are cheaters. Thirdly, they have brought great disrespect to Australia.

The general and the soldier have been well caught out. Resign in disgrace, and they are falling as I type. But why did they think they could cheat and get away with it? In such cases I look to management and the culture of the workplace.

It may be 10 years before Australia ever does well in cricket again, but sack all the players, the captains and coaches, and roll the board of Cricket Australia who created a culture where the players stupidly thought they could get away with such actions when they are constantly monitored by cameras.

There are no heroes in Australian cricket at all, unlike in France whereby a particular French policeman substituted himself for a hostage who was under threat by an accused Moslem terrorist. The policeman was subsequently killed. Arnaud Beltrame is a real hero and I reckon he would have been a pretty fine sportsman. You certainly can't say the same about Cricket Australia or any of the complicit players who have brought such shame on the nation.

31 comments:

  1. Anonymous9:24 pm

    If it's not cheating at cricket, it's the increasing use of drugs in sport. It seems almost par for the course these days. Especially when a great deal of money is involved. But I dont know how he thought he could get away with it with so many cameras watching their every move. Bit the rot in society starts at the top with the vile behaviour of our political representatives nationally and at the state level. When you have that kind of "leadership", I'm not surprised what people think they can get away with. - Ian

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    1. Ian, I have heard no mention of drugs. It seems a simple cheating case to me. I agree with you, the rot starts at the top and works it way down.

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    2. Anonymous9:36 am

      Not in this case, no drugs I agree. I was referring to sports in general and reports of drug use over the years. - Ian

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  2. Hear Hear Andrew, today we have become undone. It'll take a very long time for us to live this down
    And yes, there quiet unassuming heroes right under our noses in many societies.
    Vale Arnaud Beltrame.

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    1. Thanks Cathy. It will take a very long time. A bed has been made and there will be long time of them lying in it.

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  3. Anonymous10:44 pm

    Just about the cricket - it's a GAME. It's not like they had to win by any means in order to achieve a Greater Good. I don't care if Bancroft was instructed to do it, from the age of FIVE people know cheating is bad. Forget that they were stupid, you can be stupid AND honest, they are not mutually exclusive.

    This is really shameful. I think we should forfeit the series, come home and everyone who knew about the possibility of this happening should not play or be involved in playing/coaching/addministrating cricket for Australia again. I love cricket and had a real soft spot for Bancroft and I liked Smith as a captain, but this is dreadful.

    It is only cricket, I know it's not world peace. But in the context of cricket, they have shamed Australia.

    Marie.

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    1. Marie, your point about basic honesty is very valid. In world history some people have done some terrible things on order of 'their captain'.

      I agree with your suggestion of punishment, while I am puzzled at why I feel such shame about something I have no real interest in, until it shames my country.

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  4. As you say "how did they think they would get away with it, as everything is filmed"? And why should they try and win by cheating? Just play fair, it's a game. Although I'm not much into sports, I do feel it's sad that something like this happens and the eyes of the world are now all turned to Australia and this shameful behaviour.

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    1. Sami, and now day three, the eyes are still on us.

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  5. The Frenchman who sacrificed himself filled me with both sadness and great admiration for the courage and honor of such a person. I did not think there were such people left in the world. Here the stories rage of the rich escaping punishment for grand theft and the motto seems to be its not wrong if you get away with it. A bleak moral landscape really and then along comes a Frenchman.

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    1. Strayer, it is such a sad but uplifting story. I hope Macron looks after his family well.

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  6. Gosh that's pretty harsh Andrew. A few bad apples shouldn't spoil the whole barrel surely. There must be many upright young honest players who play the game fairly, but then what I know about cricket is vague at best.. except that nap you mentioned after a gin and tonic sounds pretty good 😋

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    1. Grace, maybe some of the lesser players could continue, but the organisation is rotten.

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  7. If there's one sport where one expects 'fair play', it's on the Cricket pitch. A sad day.

    It matters not to win or lose, but how one plays the game. Please take note!

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    1. Cro, as it always has been.

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  8. I don't follow any spot and feel no pride when an Australian team does well. However I discovered that I DO feel shame. This was appalling. And the win at any costs culture which led them to believe it was an option (let alone a good option) is a disgrace.

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    1. EC, perhaps it is the win at all costs.

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  9. A sad day for cricket and an even sadder day for Australia.

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    1. Marie, just not cricket, at all.

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  10. Sack the lot of them, then put the women'a cricket into the arena as it should always have been; the 'girls' have been winning matches, tests and Ashes all over the world without the need for cheating or the vastly inflated wage these same male wankers demanded only recently.

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    1. Good thinking Jayne, and probably more entertaining.

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  11. Dreadful 'ball tampering', shameful and I just hazard a guess and say the Captain will not Captain again, I certainly hope not.

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    1. I expect you are right Margaret.

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  12. I wonder what your ancestors did to be send to Australia ? Murder or just steeling an apple, lol !

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    1. Gattina, as far as I know, no criminals. Scottish free settlers, English Huguenot furriers, Swiss peasants, Scandinavians and more.

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    2. How boring, lol !

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    3. It is rather. So many Australians have more interesting pasts.

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  13. It's absolutely disgraceful! Shame! Shame! Shame! And how dumb are they...to think they wouldn't get caught? Dirty works at the crossroads!

    South Africa haven't gained any admiration from me during this tour, either, but the Australian team are a mob of idiots for doing this... I'm sure it's not the first time; and I'm sure they're not the only team...from any participating country...who have succumbed to cheating...but that doesn't make it right!

    A mob of childish clowns, the lot of them!!!

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    1. Lee, your opinion is clear! :-)

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  14. Our cricket team has been going beyond acceptable bounds for some years. Sledging, which they claim they engage in within hard but fair limits, has amounted to bullying, abuse and denigration; behaviour unacceptable in other work places.

    They have held themselves up as the exemplars of fair behaviour which makes this cheating all the more inexplicable and stupid.

    Sadly, despite his achievements as a batsman, Steve Smith has shown frailty under pressure previously and cannot be bracketed with predecessors like Richie Benaud.

    Their actions have cast a shadow over all Australian sportsmen and sportswomen.

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    1. Victor, I like that, frailty under pressure, and that is what it was that led to an attempt at cheating. It was hilarious at work today with the Indian born. There were jokes aplenty.

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