Australian cricketers under fire from own press

2009-01-28 00:00

Perth — Meet the Ponting Pushovers. That is what Ricky Ponting’s Australian cricket side were tagged on Tuesday by the West Australian newspaper after South Africa ruined Australia’s national day on Monday by putting them to the sword in Adelaide.

Not only did the Proteas win the fourth one-day international convincingly by eight wickets, they also ensured victory in the series of five games.

“Australia Day disaster as tourists coast to victory,” was the headline in the report where the team was named Ponting’s Pushovers.

One of the newcomers in the squad, Michael Hussey, said it was very disappointing.

“We saw it this morning and it will motivate us for the last game at the Waca on Friday,” he said.

“Australian cricket is not used to being treated like that and such cutting remarks really do not go down well.”

Hussey was also not impressed by statements from the South African camp that they enjoyed thrashing the Aussies on their national day.

“You reap what you sow and we will have the opportunity of gaining revenge in South Africa for what they have said here,” said Hussey.

“They are in command, but we will have a chance of getting our own back.”

Hussey admitted it was disappointing to be beaten so convincingly on Australia’s national day.

“We have to win back the respect of Australian supporters,” he said.

“It’s a matter of pride to keep our position as the top-ranked team in world cricket and that is why we will fight at the Waca to ensure South Africa don’t take it away.”

Hussey admitted the Aussie batsmen would be relieved at not having to face up to Dale Steyn and Makhaya Ntini.

“They, and in particular Steyn, were outstanding in the series and it will be nice to know we don’t have to face them,” he said.

The Adelaide Advertiser was also highly critical of the Australian side and described Monday’s hiding as “Our Worst”.

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