SYDNEY, November 5, 2010 (AFP) – Australia’s unease over the state of its cricket deepened Friday ahead of this month’s Ashes series, with media labelling many Australian cricketers as overrated, over-indulged and overpaid. One newspaper said Australian cricket was in crisis amid descending gloom with the once-mighty national side having lost its sixth straight match in all forms of the game going back five months.
Ricky Ponting had the task of arresting that form slump as he returned as captain of Australia’s side for the second one-day international against Sri Lanka in Sydney Friday.
The Daily Telegraph said Australian cricket has “lost its mojo”, mainly because it lacks talent but also because it has become soft and indulgent.
Under the headline “Why Australian cricket is in crisis,” senior cricket writer Robert Craddock said: “Many players are getting huge money and national caps without earning either.
“Mike Hussey and Marcus North had to inject 10 years of gruelling first-class toil to get their national spurs. Several average interstate cricketers have got theirs recently after less than 10 games,” he said.
Craddock said Australia was handing out a glut of national caps and creating