Dean Jones vents fury after Australia's series loss against India
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Former Australian player Dean Jones was seen smashing electronic equipment at a cafe in Indore ahead of Australia's series loss against India in the 5-match ODI series before the third match of the series on Sunday. Australian spinner Brad Hogg accompanied him to the cafe, but did not indulge in the 'venting out' session.
However, the incident was all in good fun as the ‘Bhadas’ cafe owned by a local entrepreneur, Atul Malikram, has been specifically set up to allow its guests to vent out their anger and frustrations by smashing items which have been kept for the very same purpose.
Jones, who is in India currently as part of their commentary duties, made his feelings known about Australia's meek surrender to the Men in Blue by breaking laptops, computers and television sets among other things on Sunday.
“The modern day lifestyle brings all kinds of pressures, so such a place helps customers relieve their stress,” Atul told News18.
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The news of the incident comes on the very same day that Australian legend Shane Warne was alleged to have assaulted an adult film star at a bar in London.
The leg-spin legend has since been cleared of the charges but unlike the Jones and Hogg adventure, the former's case was a serious affair.
India rode its way to the top of the ICC ODI rankings following the win at Indore which helped them take an unassailable 3-0 lead in the 5-match ODI series. The hosts had also won the first two matches played at Chennai and Kolkata respectively.
Though Steven Smith's men put a considerable fight in the Indore ODI putting on close to 300 runs on the board, the Men in Blue managed to chase down the total quite comfortably much to the frustration of the Australian fans and players.
No wonder that Jones took to the 'Bhadas cafe' opened earlier this year in the city and the management was more than happy to welcome the Australian to its premises and smash the items kept on display free of cost, unlike its usual system of charging the customers.
Brad Hogg, another Australian cricketer accompanying Jones in his commentary duties in India, turned pacifier, helping Jones let go of his 'frustration'. Interestingly, Hogg also runs an anger-management firm.
Apart from electronic items, the cafe also provides cup-plates, glasses and even a punching bag to help customers vent out their anger and it was on full display on Sunday as the Australian reacted to their poor showing by the present set of players since arriving in India.
India will be looking to consolidate their position at the top of the ICC ODI rankings having leapfrogged South Africa with victories in the remaining two ODIs as well against Australia which will be played at Bengaluru and Nagpur.
The unique concept of the Bhadas cafe is already a big hit in the city of Indore and Sunday's events will no doubt provide a huge boost to its popularity.
The manner in which the Australians have surrendered to the hosts is something which understandably wouldn't have gone down too well with the fans and former players, and it is no surprise that Jones accepted the invitation from the cafe management.