After the New Zealand shuttle gate last year, Australian cricket has undergone a huge overhaul of their behavior on the ground. © Getty
Steven Smith, on Sunday, apologized to his Australian teammates for opposing a charge of contention during the Sheffield Shield game against NSW earlier this week.
After the New Zealand shuttle gate last year, Australian cricket has undergone a huge overhaul of their behavior on the ground. The following year, they earned only one demi point – handed over to Adam Zampa during the World Cup of Sound Vagueness. However, instances have increased in the new season, and even high profile cricketers like Smith and James Pattinson have been recalled last week, with the latter being suspended for one match.
"I went out and apologized to the group yesterday for getting a code of conduct," Smith said in Brisbane at a national team "values" meeting held at the beginning of each major assignment. "I think there wasn't much, but I did, and I have to look at when I'm going out and the way I treat myself. I know a lot of kids see me playing and I see everyone playing and the way we behave when we go out and when we bathe.
"So we have to be very careful about that and sometimes just bite the bullet and just act, I suppose, sometimes a better way. Sometimes your emotions can get better on you on the field. We play a game [where] everybody tries to do their best and sometimes that happens. "
Smith, who was given a 25 per cent match fee as a fine for showing disagreement over the outpatient's decision while playing for NSW against Western Australia in the SGG, said it is better for players to let go of their frustration instead of in the dressing room instead. to put it on the field, in front of the cricket crowd.
"When you stand behind closed doors, go for your life, do what you need to do to let go of your frustrations," he said. "Within reason – you probably don't want to squeeze anything. Mitch Marsh can probably prove that. We are Australian players no matter where we play and what we do. We write about values and in our contracts we have a code of conduct where we have to play. I found myself and so, I felt I should apologize for that. "
Even when the domestic incident happened, Tim Paine, the Australian Test player, felt there was a need for consistency in player behavior at the level.
"I think it's just a reminder that we have to set those standards all the time," Payne said. "Whether we're playing for Australia or playing club cricket, or playing for our countries or not playing cricket, there are standards that we set ourselves to live day-to-day and abroad, so it's important to do that whether we are on off the field, no matter who we play for.
"We had a few examples this week, but we were always looking at them. We did it again last night, just to use what was expected and what we expected from the group. They both apologized, they know they fell a little short of what we put in Test.And what's important is to keep it going when we go back to state cricket and lead the way there. They're disappointed with that, but we'll keep it on top and keep the level we set so far. in the last few years. "