Australia's troubled tour March 12, 2013

Bond backs Australia to rise above sacking controversy

Shane Bond, the former New Zealand fast bowler, believes the fall-out following Australia withdrawing four players from contention for the third Test against India will not hurt them in the long term.

Shane Watson, Mitchell Johnson, James Pattinson and Usman Khawaja were told on Monday that they would not be considered for selection in Mohali. Watson has since flown home to be with his pregnant wife and said he would consider his future.

Bond, now New Zealand's bowling coach, produced some of his best one-day international displays against Australia, taking 44 wickets in 17 matches, and is not surprised by the strict standards laid down by Michael Clarke.

"Knowing Michael, he sets incredibly high standards for himself and as captain he's doing the same for his team," Bond said. "When you lose, everything comes into question and they've had two comprehensive hidings so far [in the India Test series] so he's decided something need to be done.

"He's going to cop flak, as well as some people who'll say 'good on him', and it's about what comes of it. That might not be in these next two Tests but a year down the track."

After India, Australia's next Test assignment is the Ashes in England from July and Bond cannot see this episode being a factor in how they will perform there.

"I thought they would feel a bit of pain in India when I saw the team they were taking over, I didn't expect them to win," he said. "But I expect them to be a different unit in England or in their home conditions where the fast bowlers come more into play. I don't think this series will have too many bearings on how they'll play in the Ashes.

"They basically had a kick up the backside. We've seen it with other teams in the past. And being a player myself sometimes it's good to get that kick to remind you of the standards that are set. Although there will be some grumpiness from the players and criticism, I expect it to come out okay."

Bond was recently at the centre of tensions with Mike Hesson, the New Zealand coach, after the contents of a letter he wrote to New Zealand Cricket in the wake of Ross Taylor being sacked as captain was made public during the tour of South Africa.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on March 13, 2013, 0:23 GMT

    Well said Shane Bond, us Aussies respect you, no question. I love how England are carrying on about us, beware of the wounded animal, he will bite back! The actions of Mickey Arthur and Michael Clarke are to be commended, it is a team game, and there is no room for prima donna's or drama queens. If you can't play by the rules and be a team man, go and play IPL and get millions for a hit and giggle. Australia has the best domestic comp in the world and we will continue to produce great players, look out England, we are after you, and we will be like your press, we'll cut down the tall poppies every time!!!

  • Dummy4 on March 12, 2013, 22:58 GMT

    i think australia need to make few changes to the batting lineup. alex doolan and joe burns should be playing for australia. ed cowan and shane watson needs to be dropped. my prefered australian lineup will be: 1.warner 2. hughes/watson 3. doolan 4. clarke 5. burns/khawaja 6.henriques 7.wade/haddin 8.siddle 9. agar 10.pattinson 11.starc/bird

  • Vinod on March 12, 2013, 10:15 GMT

    I think Bond is right, this is the kick up the proverbial...that the oz team needed....they will come out better and fighting after this out Eng in the ashes....:)

  • Dummy4 on March 12, 2013, 9:41 GMT

    Shane Bond was an excellent cricketer that had his potentially great career struck by injury unfortunately (or fortunately for us Aussies). He seems to have his head screwed on well too. Let's face it - Watson is paid over a million per annum, and the returns have been patchy at best. And he has always been a prima donna. The same could be said for Mitch Johnson and James Pattinson. The old cliche "there is no 'I' in team" is being enforced here to allow the team to move forward from what seems to be a selfish culture, and irrespective of what happens in the next two Test matches, the line in the sand had to be drawn. So, this shows leadership from Clarke and the coach, but it does not let the selectors off from their horrendous selections for this tour. The Indians have always been lions at home - how did they ever expect to take on such a good team on their home turf with the crew assembled, and with this pervasive selfish attitude ? Doing something about the attitude at least.

  • damien on March 12, 2013, 9:11 GMT

    I always loved Bond as a player , if it were not for injurys he would have had an even more impressive record. In my opinion one of the best of his generation.It seems he has his head screwed on the right way off the field as well. Pup will take great heart from these comments from someone I understand he respects greatly. I wonder if he could be poached to have a role in our setup?

  • Roo on March 12, 2013, 8:37 GMT

    Always had a great deal of respect for Shane Bond & his approach to playing for his country & this hasn't changed with his very clear evaluation of the situation... Always good to hear positive feedback from across the ditch... Good onya mate...

  • Pappu on March 12, 2013, 8:22 GMT

    Frankly it's not the fault of these players, they are expected to perform as well as Steve Waugh and Ricky Ponting's team.

    Also Australia recently lost Michael Hussey, who in my opinion was half their batting line-up since he was the only one who could rally the tail to put together a substantial amount of runs.

  • Dummy4 on March 12, 2013, 7:33 GMT

    I completely agree with Bond..this australian team is not weak but playing in India is an alltogether different ballgame..having said that, I was very dissapointed with Aussies 2nd inning in the 2nd test, their shot selection was completely out of place.It showed clear lack of discipline and it is the responsibility of the coach & captain to inculcate discipline.Therefore, I completely concur with the recent axing of 4 players as it will set an example and the players will realize that they are responsible for their own actions be it on the field or off the field. Being an Indian, I wish our team could set such precedents.

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