'Infamous four a disgrace', says Aussie press

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Published: Tuesday, March 12, 2013, 13:17 [IST]
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'Infamous four a disgrace': Aussie press

Mohali, Mar 12: Calling the axed four players as "infamous four" Australian newspapers backed coach Mickey Arthur and captain Michael Clarke for sacking players for breach of team orders.

"WHAT a disgrace. Australia's infamous four deserve not a shred of sympathy for their feckless disregard for the team ethos and culture aimed at returning Australia to the apex of world cricket," a report on "Herald Sun" newspaper said on Tuesday.

Shane Watson, James Pattinson, Mitchell Johnson and Usman Khawaja were axed from the squad on Monday after failing to make a presentation to the coach on how to improve for the next Tests against India.

The same report on "Herald Sun" said Clarke and Arthur should be applauded for the decision.

"Today, Michael Clarke and Mickey Arthur should be applauded for their relentless desire to bring success back to Australian cricket."

The quartet is "a kick in the guts", the report added and mentioned that the players were paid $500,000 a year to play cricket.

"The actions of Shane Watson, Mitchell Johnson, James Pattinson and Usman Khawaja are a kick in the guts for the standards of excellence Clarke and Arthur are trying to establish.

Watson, Johnson, Pattinson and Khawaja are paid more than $500,000 a year to play cricket for their country. That they failed to take part in a peer review aimed at improving the team is an indictment on their professionalism and shows a lack of respect for their colleagues and the baggy green."

"Sydney Morning Herald" newspaper too supported Arthur and said it was the coach's "undeniable statement that enough is enough."

"The standing down of four players - including vice-captain Shane Watson - is the head coach's undeniable statement that enough is enough. It has already echoed around the cricket world.

"If the dumping of the four players seems rash, then consider this: How difficult is it for a full-time athlete, with lots of free time every day, to do what they are asked?

"This is tough love of the most brutal kind - declining someone a Test cap is basically an indictable crime to a cricketer - but on this occasion it is the players that must be held accountable," the newspaper wrote.


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