In the aftermath of the Ashes loss to England, Andrew Bolt the Australian columnist I introduced to you discusses the suggestion by the Sydney Morning Herald that perhaps it is Australia's failure to "tap into its rich pools of ethnic talent" (ha ha ha!) that is the reason for Australia's recent less than perfect performances. Yes, they expect perfection 100% of the time. Nevermind that Australia has been consistently overpoweringly dominant in cricket, fixed at Number 1 in the world for an unprecedented 16 straight years and sometimes was so far ahead of the rabble that the game was thought to be suffering - not unlike how Formula 1 suffered when Schumacher ran rampant. Australia was and is the gauge by which teams measure themselves. It may have narrowly lost by 2-1 in the latest Ashes series but you must not forget that England was trounced 5-0 two years ago. Despite losing they still scored the most centuries and took the most wickets. This success and Australia's achievements were done with whitey at the helm so the system obviously works very well but you can always count on your friendly neighbourhood liberal multiculturalist douchebag never to miss an opportunity to bleat on about the "strengths of ethnic diversity". *spit*
Others blame the selectors for not picking a specialist spinner for the final test. Or blame nothing more than fate for not blessing us with another Warne and McGrath. But the Sydney Morning Herald suggests another reason for Australian cricket’s failure to shine:
We should be more like England, tapping into its “rich pools of ethnic talent”? Here is the English team which won the Ashes in the fifth Test: Andrew Strauss (c), Alastair Cook, Ian Bell, Paul Collingwood, Jonathan Trott, Matt Prior, Andrew Flintoff, Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, James Anderson, Steve Harmison.
THERE is something obviously white about the Australian cricket team - and it’s not just their kit. While England and South Africa have long tapped into rich pools of ethnic talent, fielding players with names such as Shafayat, Hussein and Ntini, the Australian team remains as solidly Anglo as in the days of Bradman and Miller.
John Passant, of the Socialist Alliance, is delighted that their capitalists beat our capitalists:
The defeat of the Australia’s cricketers in the Ashes series is a small step forward for the ideas of class struggle in Australia. It shows that the products of Australian capitalism, in this case its cricket team, are not invincible. The braggadocio, the swagger, the nationalist and often racist superiority may disappear for a little while from Australian cricket culture and have ramifications for some sections of Australian society.