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Revealed: Aussies' mission statement

Michael Jeh writes a tongue-in-cheek take on Australia's Spirit of Cricket in the Mid Day

Sriram Veera
<I>The Age</I> reflects on a bitter-sweet victory, Australia v India, 2nd Test, Sydney, 5th day, January 6, 2008

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Michael Jeh writes a tongue-in-cheek take on Australia's Spirit of Cricket in the Mid Day. The paper goes on to say that the piece should be "read with a spoon of double standards and a pinch of hypocrisy!"
Writing in the Pioneer, Ashok Malik argues that Australian cricket's race problem is actually an internal one, the sport being a white Anglo-Saxon bastion in an increasingly multiethnic society. "This makes Ponting's team either over-prickly or over-defensive when it comes to its lone coloured cricketer."
And Sharda Ugra, writing in the India Today, is worried about Australia's next tour of India in October.
How the rest of this Australia tour goes is immaterial but the atmosphere around the next one, if it is played so soon, will be pure poison. The cricketers may move on but India won’t forget. Corporate wolves will howl, the excitable in the media will put a sports contest ahead of news of the deaths of soldiers and farmers; there will be headlines of quasi-war, ‘vengeance’ and the ‘battle for honour’.
India is a gracious country but the return of Australia 10 months from now will bring out its least gracious face. Australia is a country of generous sports fans but its commanding cricket team travels the globe representing them like trash talkers, disrespectful of all opposition.
Harbhajan's latest belated excuse is an insult to all women, writes Sue Mott, in the Sydney Morning Herald.
The central tenet of Harbhajan's case is that he was disgracefully rude to a fellow cricketer's mother. The whole cricketing world seems to be united in the view this as such a minor infraction it can be viewed as a positive. No monkeys. Only mothers. All good. In fact, every one of them connected with the case, from ICC chief executive Malcolm Speed to the lip-happy bowler himself, should be thoroughly ashamed of themselves. And one can only hope their mothers let them know so at the earliest opportunity.

Sriram Veera is a former staff writer at ESPNcricinfo