David Gower has said in an interview in the Radio Times that Australia has no culture and that their cricketers have ‘an animal mentality’. He’s partly right, but probably for the wrong reasons.
This one’s lazy and wrong. Australia has plenty of culture. Arguably too much.
Plenty of websites will be making jokes about Neighbours and Home and Away, but not this one because those jibes don’t really make sense any more. Australia isn’t a primitive country where people have nothing to do but down tinnies at the end of the day. It’s actually a sated land of leisure where the people are soft and mollycoddled.
This is part of the problem with the current cricket team. The players struggle to cope when they can’t get coffee that meets their exacting requirements or when they can’t find the particular type of Asian fusion cuisine which they have grown accustomed to. They don’t grab a lager at the end of the day, they reach for a grenache or a pinot noir (although, to be fair, this probably has as much to do with the quality of their beer as it does with the quality of their wine).
This one’s bang-on. Like many animals, Aussie cricketers are preening creatures for whom grooming is the overriding concern. Sport comes way down their list of priorities after waxing, coiffing, posing and gym work (the last of those for aesthetic reasons only).
Truly, the Aussie cricketer is a beast. He is some sort of unthreatening herd animal with a tendency to make shrill noises and put on attention-seeking colourful visual displays.