Arthur to no longer accept 'back-chat and giving attitude' of Oz players following Mohali Test axing
Sydney, Mar 14 : Australian coach Mickey Arthur has condemned the 'backchat and giving attitude' of his team, saying that it has become unacceptable to the Test team culture and has led to his decision to stand down four players for the fourth Test in Mohali.
In his latest blog on the Cricket Australia website, Arthur has outlined the other indiscretions that led to his unprecedented decision to axe Shane Watson, James Pattinson, Mitchell Johnson and Usman Khawaja for not submitting requested feedback after Australia's humiliating defeat in the second Test, News.com.au reports.
According to Arthur, who has not named any names, back-chat or bad attitude, being late for a meeting and wearing the wrong attire are some examples of the behavioural issues that have been addressed discretely but still continue to happen.
Demanding excellence from his team, Arthur said that arriving with a bad attitude, corner-cutting or taking short-cuts will no longer be tolerated from the players, adding that the team needed to perform like football club Manchester United or F1 unit McLaren to be at the top of the game.
Arthur further said that the team needed to reach the absolute pinnacle, where high standards are second nature to every player and not merely expected, adding that the Australian fans deserved nothing less.
Arthur also said that the Australian players needed to raise the bar and lift their game if they are serious about getting their team to the number one position in the world.
Although he was close-mouthed about whether the axed quartet also had the behavioural issues, Arthur said that the decision to suspend Watson, Johnson, Pattinson and Khawaja for not adhering to a team request was the defining moment, but it has been a culmination of lots of small minor indiscretions that have built up to now.
Stating that the last few weeks since the end of the Hyderabad Test has been the toughest of his 11-year coaching career, the former South African coach said that the media reaction to the axing decision has been divided, adding that he had never seen such a reaction in his career.