Retired Australian cricketer Shane Warne took a dig at Cricket Australia’s, stating that the new buzzwords including ‘elite honesty’ introduced by the board make him ‘vomit’. He added that proving yourself on the field should be the focus, as Australia tries to battle hard to get back from the ball-tampering scandal.
Australia Test coach Justin Langer, who was appointed after the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa, cited the phrase ‘elite honesty’ as the way forward for the team. After a review was conducted into the ball-tampering scandal, Cricket Australia urged the cricketers to respect the tradition of the game. As per reports, the phrase ‘elite honesty’ was plastered on the walls of Australia’s dressing room ahead of their first ODI against South Africa in Perth on Sunday.
Warne during a television commentary on Fox Sports said, “Forget all the words, forget the verbal diarrhoea and all that sort of stuff. That’s just rubbish, that sort of stuff. Seriously, it makes you want to vomit.” He further said, “At the end of the day, cricket is a simple game and it’s a performance-based game. You’ve got to perform on the field.”
Warne insisted that the captain and vice-captain should lead the way to serve an inspiration for others to follow. The former leg-spinner stated, “None of this writing words, 200-page documents, just get out and play better.”
Australia cricket have gone through a rough phase since Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft were penalised for their role in attempting to alter the ball by using a sandpaper during a Test against South Africa, earlier this year. Then-coach Darren Lehman also stepped down from his position following the ban on the three cricketers.
Trying to explain the term ‘elite honesty’ last week, Langer stated, “The Aussie way as I know it is to look a bloke in the eye, look your sister or you mum in the eyes, and tell them the truth and be happy to get some truth back, so that’s elite honesty.”