Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Aussies Need New Blood

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Aussies Need New Blood

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YOU would have thought it was a mine field or the bowlers were bowling hand grenades.

Nine for 21, all out for 47.

No, it wasn't the under-10 junior cricket team.

The under-10s would have had an excuse in that they were not experienced enough to bat on a wicket that did a bit more than a cement pitch. But this was the cream of the crop, the Australian Test cricket team.

What happened to the days when a cricketer put his body on the line, and would rather have been carried off than throw his wicket away?

If the Aussies are ever to return to the glory days of Test cricket, they won't do it with the present team. Get rid of the older players who have had their time.

The future lies in identifying the young talent in the Sheffield Shield ranks and teaching them how to play Test cricket.

We will probably struggle for a while against the likes of England, India and South Africa, but it is all part of the re-building process.

I'd rather see us beaten with a team of youngsters than lose with the current team.

Over to you, Andy.

AT a recent Ipswich Cricket delegates meeting, two clubs spoke strongly about the on-field behaviour by some players.

I wrote recently about showing respect for the umpires, but the incidents mentioned involved abuse to opposing players.

I feel that any player who reverts to this type of behaviour should be reprimanded, and if unresponsive to the warning, should be removed from the game.

Umpires need to take a firm stand in quelling this blight on local cricket, and report any over-the-top incidents so that the Ipswich Cricket Judiciary Committee can take the appropriate action.

After all, cricket has been termed a gentleman's game and its conduct should not be brought into disrepute.

ON the representative scene, next weekend Ipswich cricketers Ben O'Connell, Mark Lehmann, Kev Cumming and Paul Milne will travel to Cairns to represent South Queensland against North Queensland for the Country Cup. …

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