What do former Australian crickets think of the present batch? Not much, according to veteran Test wicketkeeper Steve Rixon. He says the consensus of opinion is that the australian cricketers today are "spoilt and mollycoddled".
"We've been spoilt and things have come too easy for us. We've not had to do the hard yards," Rixon said.
Rixon says that following Australia's diastrous second Ashes Test at Adelaide, it's become all to clear that the side is undergoing a steady slide. Rixon calls for former Aussie captain Mark Taylor to chair a summit in order to find a way out of the slump that Australia finds itself imbued in currently.
"There's no question we need a summit. We want Australian cricket to get back on top and now it's become frustrating. Mark Taylor would be perfect to oversee it. He's got a great cricket brain, and I'd have people like Steve Waugh. We need to have a look at our whole brand of cricket, from Test to one-day and Twenty20," he was quoted as saying by 'The Herald Sun'.
Rixon said that brand new strategies and plans should be put in place and implemented immediately if Australia is to arrest the slump in its quality and performance.
"We need a think tank to come in at the end of this summer where we get past and current players and even some business people to come up with a blueprint on how to rebuild our game. To think we are fifth on the (ICC) table -- that's unacceptable. We should be in the top three. We need to start at the top with our selectors and look at every facet of our cricket."
The comments found resonance with former test selector John Benaud, who also came down harshly on the players, saying that they are too pampered.
"There's got to be more hangers-on in the Australian cricket team now than there are players," he said. Australia's cricketers are the most mollycoddled bunch. These guys need match practice, not blokes with video cameras filming players at training. They need good, hard work in the middle."