Former Australian rugby league captain and coach Tommy Raudonikis has taken to Twitter to give his opinion on the Australian cricket team suspending four players.
Tommy Raudonikis is not a man to mix his words.
The half-back played international rugby league in the 70s and appearing in 29 Tests and World Cup matches for Australia. Raudonikis went on to become a coach at several Australian sides throughout the 1990s, finding success with the Wests, making the finals in 1996.
However his opinion of the current decisions made by the Australian coaching staff for the cricket team is less than complimentary. Raudonikis said on Twitter that he would hit the coach with “two elbows and an eye gouge” if he was asked to name three things he brought to the side.
If my coach ever asked me to list 3 things I bring to the side I would have hit him with two elbows and an eye gouge. #Auscricketincrisis
— Tommy (@Cattledog_Tommy) March 11, 2013
This outburst comes after Australia suspended four of their players during the Test series in India for failing to make a performance presentation to the coaching staff.
Australian captain Michael Clarke and head coach Mickey Arthur have both commented on why they came to the decision to axe Shane Watson, Mitchell Johnson, Usman Khawaja and James Pattinson from the third Test in Mohali.
Yet their controversial decision hasn’t been met with the greatest response by much of world cricket. Former England bowler Matthew Hoggard said he was “baffled” by the decision and several others have questioned whether the Australians handled the situation appropriately.
Australia will start the third Test of the series, without their suspended players, on Thursday.