Former Australian cricketer, Ian Healy, has expressed his discontent at the current batch of Australian cricketers. The former Australian wicket-keeper criticised the Aussie batsmen and said that they lack technique, he also stated that the bowlers get injured too often.
Speaking on SEN Breakfast, Healy mourned the dependence of the team on David Warner to score the runs at the top, something which hurts them when he fails to do so.
Healy said: "When David Warner doesn't stand up and do something at the top we're in a bit of trouble. We never really stack up a strong, consistent team batting performance.”
Ian Healy then went on to question the fitness of the bowlers by opining that they “got to sort it out” because there is no way that the bowlers could bowl lesser in order to not get injured.
"Our bowlers have a very, very high injury rate around the states so we've really got to sort out if bowling more is the option because bowling less doesn't seem to be working.
“That's one thing. They (Cricket Australia) have been denying it, they've been thinking they're on the right track.”
Aussie batsmen have creaky techniques
He then made a brutal assessment about the batsmen that Australia do have now, opining that the batting display of Australia now is what England had back in the day.
“And now we don't have any batsmen. And the batsmen we do have, they have creaky techniques and it's exactly like what England used to put up against us."
Pointing fingers at what is wrong is easy, however, explaining the cause of it is hard. Ian Healy, though, seems to have found the source of the problem.
Sheffield Shield is undervalued, says Healy
Healy also said that undermining the value of the Sheffield Shield is what has hurt Australian cricket. According to Healy, playing lesser domestic cricket, especially in the Sheffield Shield, has been the cause of the quagmire that the team finds themselves in.
"I think the Shield season is not too bad but we've undervalued it.
"The challenges of club cricket are what made Australia a very strong cricketing nation. A strong club system, extremely strong Shield system then national play.
"Then the national players come back to the Shield and Shield players come back to their clubs and we've watered all that down because we don't think our bowlers should be bowling anywhere near as much as they once did," ended Healy.