Legendary Australian wicketkeeper Ian Healy controversially pointing the finger at wife and girlfriend (WAGS) of Australian cricketers after England bulldozed them inside 111 balls at Trent Bridge.
Stuart Broad 8 for 15 decimated Australia inside paltry 60, which is lowest Ashes total for Australia since 1936, in the first innings of the Test; and on the verge of regain the Ashes after 5-0 defeat in 2013-2014 Ashes in Australia.
The former cricketer Healy during commentry questionied whether the team was playing as a unit. He also controversially said having wives and gilfriends in England might be partly to blame.
“All their partners are here and some of the most respected cricketers I played with hated that distraction,” Healy said.
“They weren’t allowed on tour until after the series had been won.
“Your mind needs to be completely focused on it. Cricket is a sport that requires complete concentration.
“You need everything going for you and I’m not sure they’re pushing for that hard enough.”
Healy also bruatlly criticised the faltry technique the Australian batsmen on the swing and seam conditions.
“I don’t think they are playing like a cohesive unit that love each other,” he said.
“I don’t think there was enough heart in that performance, there definitely wasn’t enough technique, there definitely wasn’t enough grit to stick it out.
“There will be an investigation into this for sure, Cricket Australia have really got to investigate what’s in that dressing room.”
Healy also spent time with coach Darren Lehmann after team’s painfull performance. Devastated Lehmann was at loss to explain the capitulation.
“He sat in the dressing room for some time, didn’t come home with the team … all he could spit out was `111 balls’. He couldn’t say anymore,” Healy said.
However, the editor of Women’s Agenda, Georgina Dent snapped Healy’s statement on the WAGS, said it was scraping the barrel”.
“I reckon if there’s any group in Australia as closely invested in the national cricket team’s performance as the players themselves, it’s the wives and girlfriends of the players,” she wrote in an editorial.