Aussie Cricket Woes
Australia’s (not so) recent failure to perform has served to fan the fire behind rumours and outright suggestions that Steve Smith’s captaincy was under serious threat. Smith has dismissed all suggestions of this nature, even after former captain Michael Clarke – commentator for the current series – said on Tuesday that Smith’s captaincy was under scrutiny, despite his almost faultless batting performance.
When asked to comment on Michael Clarke’s remark, Smith responded by saying that he did not agree with Clarke’s suggestion and that he and the team were trying to better their less than ideal recent results.
Australia, once deemed to have been invincible in the international cricket arena, has been fighting an uphill battle ever since winning the 2015 Cricket World Cup. The upcoming One Day International will be Smith’s 100th test match since his first appearance as a leg spinner in 2010. He has since proved himself to be one of the most outstanding batsmen in world cricket.
Smith also said that he was very excited to be playing his big 100. No wonder then that the 28 year old isn’t too keen on admitting defeat just yet.
We Are What We Eat
In more pressing news – it would seem as if poor captaincy is the least of Australia’s troubles as they currently face India in the second ODI. The players were reportedly everything but content with the quality of the food that they had been served as pre-match sustenance on Tuesday. Rumour has it that the Australians had been very specific regarding especially the chicken that was to be served during the ODI. The prescribed cooking temperature seemed to be the devil in the details this time round, with the players acting out upon discovering that their requests had not been adhered to.
The host cities’ governing bodies are briefed ahead of time as to the dietary requirements of the visiting team. Apparently the Cricket Association of Bengal had not been paying too much attention at the time of the briefing as the chicken was reportedly grossly undercooked and inedible.
This, coupled with rain and heavy thunderstorms looming all the time, has made life extremely difficult for the CAB. The CAB has since told the press that the dietary situation with the Australians was now well under control and that Wednesday went down a song in the food department.
One would hope so, since the melody doesn’t seem to extend as far as the visiting side’s cricketing abilities.
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