Aussie cricket legends turn on each other and Pat Cummins as skipper is accused of crossing a line with his comments about the West Indies
Former Australian Test stars saved Pat Cummins and his team – and each other – as the fallout from the shock loss to the West Indies continues to rip through Aussie cricket circles.
Shamar Joseph became an instant Test cricket sensation after overcoming a badly injured toe to take a match-winning 7-68 in a thrilling eight-run victory, the West Indies’ first in Australia since 1997.
It was the best haul ever by a West Indian bowler at the Gabba and enough to earn the 24-year-old – who was making his Test debut in Adelaide – player of the match and series awards.
The emotion was felt by all, with West Indies great Carl Hooper breaking down in tears while legendary batsman Brian Lara was seen hugging Aussie Adam Gilchrist in the Fox Sports commentary box.
Australian Test captain Pat Cummins swapped jerseys with West Indies star Shamar Joseph after the memorable win by the visitors
Many Australian cricket greats had high praise for Joseph (pictured celebrating a wicket) when he engineered the historic win at the Gabba.
Some former players, such as Ian Healy, were not happy to hear Cummins compliment his opposition after defeat
A host of ex-Aussie players shared their pride in the West Indies spirit after their victory with even captain Pat Cummins tipping his hat despite the shock loss.
“They outplayed us, they played brilliantly and I know a lot of the talk was that there were some debutants, but once you put an international XI out you know it’s going to be tough,” Cummins said.
‘They were fantastic. They created some superstars that we didn’t know about before the series. As a cricket fan there is a part of me that was happy to watch.’
But not everyone was happy with the West Indies love.
Former Test wicketkeeper Ian Healy was particularly incensed by Cummins’ reaction to the loss and said he should not have been happy with the result.
“You know, I wasn’t that happy with Pat Cummins and how he handled it,” Healy told SENQ’s Pat and Heals.
‘He’s a bit too glowing of the West Indies. I like that bit, but I don’t think he pays enough attention to his side’s underperformance.
‘Do you think they played brilliantly? We only had to chase 216, that means they didn’t play brilliantly until the last day.
‘Australia let them in big time in that game. Hopefully there was a question after that that got (Cummins’) mind and his thinking about his own team because it wasn’t good enough.’
Former Test captain Tim Paine also rallied former players, saying they should not celebrate an Australian defeat and share hugs with their opponents.
“I get it from a fan’s point of view, it annoys me when I hear previous players comment and almost barrack. I find it very difficult to listen to,’ Paine told SEN Tasmania.
‘It was great for the West Indies. It wasn’t great for Australia. It was not a good show.
‘I just don’t like it. It makes me uncomfortable. Why are you barracking against your team? That you played in it?’
Former captain Tim Paine said former players should not have praised the West Indies
Aussie great Rodney Hogg launched a withering spray at the Windies ahead of the Test match
West Indies captain Kraigg Brathwaite (with commentator Isa Guha after the Brisbane Test) said Hogg’s outburst inspired them
One former Aussie has been credited with inspiring the classic West Indies victory, with Rodney Hogg launching an acid tongue spray ahead of the Gabba Test.
“Let’s not beat around the bush – they (the West Indies) were hopeless (in Adelaide),” Hogg told Channel 10 last week.
‘We should now have two divisions. We can’t get these weak sides out here. Mitchell Starc with a brand new pink ball, he’s going to run straight through them (at the Gabba).
‘So I wouldn’t think the game would go beyond three days. They are pathetic.
‘I look back at the West Indies of old and we’re lying on the ground stretching and they’re running past in Speedos and I’m going “gee, look at their muscles”. These days the West Indies run by in overcoats.’
Windies’ captain, Kraigg Brathwaite, said the team used these words as motivation on the way to the second Test.
‘We wanted to show the world we are not pathetic. And I have to ask him – are these muscles big enough for him?’ he said after the famous victory.