PETER Siddle agrees that one thing has to change within the Australian cricket team – and it's something that has been incorporated into the loose green for a very, very long time.
The Australian swimmer, who spent a decade in and out of the international locker room in 64 tests, has urged the country's XI to be more transparent with the media after the conviction of Cricket Australia has raised confidence levels to a historic low.
Siddle said that the distinct lack of post-loss interviews given by Australian players was a phenomenon that had been incorporated into the upper echelon of cricket players.
"I really do not know why that's it. That's how it's been so long it's hard to understand how a player does not understand," Siddle told the SEN Breakfast.
"This is something that is obviously discussed a bit. It's something we probably need to change because you see other sports and see the access they get.
"On the day of the game, we give very good access and everything, you do not want to appear for these interviews (post-loss), but sometimes they are the best to do this, so I think it's something we have to improve in all formats . "
ODI captain Aaron Finch took a step in the right direction on Sunday by giving an interview to FOX Sports as his batting order dropped to a new low.
But former AFL star and media veteran Garry Lyon agreed with Siddle, stating that Australian cricketers were not exactly "the people's champions."
"There is a little PR exercise to be beaten on the Australian cricket team and for whatever reason, for a long time while they were winning and succeeding, they were never really people's champions," Lyon said.
"I've been doing this job in the media for 25 years and the Victorians are generally good, but trying to get an interview with an Australian cricket player is one of the hardest things to do in this game and I mean it honestly.
"Now they missed out on the weekend, it was a really bad performance. I would love to have talked to one of these guys to put them on the spot to find out why this was so bad, but it's still very difficult to get access to them.
"Matthew Scarlett's example is the best of all time. Scarlett would never appear for an interview when Geelong won – and Geelong won consistently – but whenever they lost, he would look for the media manager and say: ".
Lyon said the circumstances would be very different if the Aussie cricket team had lost on another sports field.
"If it's an AFL game and your team loses by 25 goals like Australia did over the weekend against South Africa, we expect players to face and face the media but we just can not have access," he said. .
Australia has a chance to write Sunday's mistakes in Friday night's Friday night showdown at the Adelaide Oval.
POINT TAKES A HOLLOW POWER
Former Aussie captain Ricky Ponting scolded Sheffield Shield in the latest attack on Australia's poor domestic showdown.
The discussion on whether cricket Shield was able to produce international-level cricketers in recent times has circulated among the game's top speakers.
"I'm not sure if Shield matches are going well, to be honest," Ponting told the SEN.
"It seems like we're not producing the level of players we've produced in the last 30 to 40 years.
"You look at some of the stats that our Shield players are doing and probably are nowhere near where they need to be to succeed at the test level.
"You have to question whether the base system is actually working in Australia or not.
"I think that advice and strong leadership across the Australian cricket need to address these issues, and then we expect things to begin to change."
However, there was some hope shown in the recent round of Shield with teenagers Jason Sangha and Jack Edwards matched for one of the biggest stands seen by players under 20 in the history of the national competition.
Sangha in particular impressed the great cricket player Kerry O & # 39; Keeffe, who stated that he possessed the best technique that Australia had seen since Ponting.
"(The problem is) the batter and the technique. But there is a savior, there was one in the SCG today, "said O & # 39; Keeffe on The Back Page Live on Tuesday night.
"Jason Sangha. If he were a thoroughbred, his creation would be Joe Root by Virat Kohli. "He's 19 years old, he got 100 today, admittedly against that attack that included Matthew Wade. I do not know about that.
"But this is the guy who can save the Center of Excellence, which can save development programs. This is a player of the ages. He is the best, technically, from (Ricky) Ponting. "