The Daily Mail
The newspaper opened fire on Pat Cummins, captain of the Australian national team. Its author, Oliver Holt, called Cummins pathetic and said he did not do the right thing.
Calling Cummins pathetic, he wrote: Pat Cummins sat in his chair on the platform at the post-match press conference and grinned mischievously like a child who has been told off for stealing a penny from a can, Holt wrote. The Australian captain didn’t seem to realize it, but he won a Test match and lost his reputation.
Is he done? No. Cummins and Australia redid history this time. They chose armpit over armpit, he wrote, referring to Trevor Chappell’s infamous armpit episode in the match against New Zealand. He didn’t look like a leader. He looked pathetic, he said of Cummins.
Oliver Brown said Australia’s makeup after the ball tampering case has lost all credibility. Brown criticized Australia for destroying decency as well as codes of honor and camaraderie.
Brown said Carey might need his own security for the rest of the series. While England fans can accept defeat and the likelihood of their first home defeat in the Ashes series since 2001, they cannot forgive someone they consider a scoundrel, Brown wrote.
In the same paper, Simon Heffer also criticized Australia. ‘What happened was not cheating, but it was gambling of a disgusting degree and totally unworthy of a great cricketing nation like Australia,’ he wrote.
Elsewhere, The Daily Express headline screamed The Spirit of Cricket is relegated to ashes, The Mail simply wrote Shame! and The Telegraph printed The battle for ashes becomes toxic.
Nasser Hussein, writing for the Daily Mail, praised Carey for being sensitive to the situation. I’m not one to believe in the whole spirit of the game, Hussein told the Daily Mail. Be included and don’t leave your cage – that’s the lesson.
Jonathan Lew in the Guardian said it was time for reality to become reality. Perhaps reality should be allowed to intervene a little, he wrote. England are losing 2-0, not because the Aussies cheated or lacked ambition, but because they are playing a stronger team, with stronger cricketers, with more nuance and tone in their game.
Australia bs.I was like an adult. England fought like children. Australia is working out its tricks. England basically stopped practicing.
What Newspapers in Australia
Before we get to the media, Victoria police were the first to go after the English. On social media, they noted: We’d like to thank Johnny Bairstow for reminding everyone of the dangers of stepping over the crease before you get the green light.
Among The Western Australian front page papers, Ben Stokes was portrayed as a whiny child, accusing the Poms of taking whining to the next level with cheating ramblings.
The Sydney Morning Herald newspaper reported that the final day of the second Ashes test turned into chaos. Andrew Webster wrote: The first rule of the MCC fight club is to know the rules of cricket… I wish
In his article in the Australian newspaper, Gideon Haye suggested that the pudgy-eyed snobs at MCC should learn their own rules. Referring to a run-in with opener Usman Khawaja at lunchtime, he wrote: What could be worse in Cricket Equality Report week than dim-faced snobs picking a fight with a calm, soft-spoken Muslim player? Guys, get a grip.
Former Australia bowler Jason Gillespie stressed the need to abandon the confusing mantra of the spirit of cricket and let the laws do the job they are designed to do. I like that the laws of the game have been applied, Gillespie said. I’ve never liked that we have a philosophy of the spirit of cricket that is interpreted differently in different countries. For example, the next time you see an Indian player batting, pay attention to what he does when the ball hits the wicket – he always looks back and at the umpire on the square leg to get permission to leave his cage.
I believe that by playing within the laws of the game, you are playing within the spirit of the game.
There were dissenting voices in the Australian press too, with the Daily Telegraph writing that Australia was forever overshadowing the famous win at Ashes. Phil Rothfield wrote: The greatest moments in Australian sport are often not about winning, but about great acts of sportsmanship. This victory over the Ashes will be remembered, but not for the right reasons.