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at the top level I like to think players are smart enough (even watson, mj and pattinson) to do what the coach says after 2 horrible loses. they didn't do the task. they've haven't prepared for the next test in the way asked of them. i think it's a pretty proportionate penalty
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Will say this once and then nothing else. Defamation laws quite clear in Aus.be careful.
Patto's words.“It is something that should have been completed and as a member of the team the others take full responsibility for it,” Pattinson said. “It should have been done, all the other players bar four got it in.
There is no excuse. It is disappointing to miss a Test match. It is something you personally love doing, but again when you took a look at the bigger picture, you understand what has happened and why it has
“(Arthur) wanted it in by Saturday night and it was one of those things where I didn't put in 100 per cent for the team. It was part forgetting and at this level you can't forget. It's pretty cut-throat and personally not good enough. It wasn't a hard task at all and it was something that was very valuable for the team going forward.
“It comes down to preparation for a Test, you can prepare in the nets and the batting, bowling and fielding but preparing off the field as well is just as important as well. It comes down to not preparing well
enough for the next Test.”
Australian management have explained that the standing down of the quartet – which could leave the squad with only 12 available players for the third Test – was a tipping point rather than an isolated incident. They point to a general slide in attitude, which came to a head when Pattinson, Watson, Johnson and Khawaja failed to follow a particular order.
Pattinson said the four had apologised to teammates at training at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium on Monday.
“We have had a few issues in the team, ones that I don't really want to go into but it builds up and it is the final straw so to speak,” Pattinson said.
“We need to send a message to the team, not just myself but everyone else. We have to take responsibility for where we are at as a team. We are a group of young players, we are not a group of great players like
we've had in the past that can sometimes get away with it because they have performances on the board.
“We don't have that. As a team we have to take responsibility moving forward because we are young men and we haven't made it in Test cricket. At the moment, we have to do everything right to make us into
a great team.”
“People talk about it as a harsh punishment but looking deeply into it you realise probably it’s not. If you want to be part of the Australian cricket team you have to do everything right. It’s not acceptable. I believe it’s the right punishment. Everyone in the group needs to understand that this is the lengths we need to go to to be
successful as a team.”
Read more: No excuses from repentant Pattinson
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So Clarke and Watson have "normal difficulties in a relationship".
Usman has a hunger to play, to play Call of Duty M I RITE GUYS?>!The Captain and Head Coach must also ensure the team is learning, quickly and actively
— A culture of improvement and learning is critical to any high-performing organisation
— It is particularly important for the Australian Team now (and High Performance system more generally) as there are few if any players in total command of their games. This mastery needs to be built as actively and quickly as possible.
— What we want to see is a hunger to play, a hunger to improve, a hunger to win and a
hunger to be the best in the world
However, I think that we can safely say that the 'home-work' issue was really the end-point of some major sodding about by 4 blokes not concentrating on their respective jobs.
The 'straw that broke the camel back' as it were.
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uh they weren't asked to write a 2 page short story. they were asked to provide feedback so as to possibly improve the team and player for the next two tests. not doing that is not preparing in the way for the next test in the way asked to, and therefore you've opened yourself up to being suspended for the next match
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I wonder if Patto is actually one of the repeat offenders. I suspect there was a decision made that whoever next crossed the line copped it in the neck, and he just happened to be one of them.
Nah I can believe that Watson is one of the repeat offenders. See Pat Howard's comments. I don't doubt Watson's dedication to his own game, mind...
Please let him be one of the repeat offenders.
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