Underpants not Underarm

Written By: - Date published: 9:45 pm, March 25th, 2018 - 17 comments
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In the days of the British Raj unsportsmanlike behaviour was condemned by saying “it isn’t cricket.” Australian batsman Cameron Bancroft hiding ball-tampering sandpaper in his trousers in a forlorn attempt to avoid the cameras showed that for Aussies “it is cricket.” We’ve seen it before of course with the Chappells. Heads must roll.

There is something increasingly unattractive about the way Australian culture is developing. Good friends and loyal Australians are becoming increasingly uneasy with their country as it grows more belligerent as the US’s deputy sheriff in the renamed “Indo-Pacific.” And I’ve noted before how Bill English when questioned about Chinese soft power by Kim Hill said “what about Australian soft power – they own our banks.” And the Australian government has been forced into conducting a Royal Commission of Inquiry into the banking and finance sector.

Preliminary feedback indicates that many consumers feel they have not been treated fairly in the way their mortgages have been treated. We would be unwise to think our culture and our banks are uninfected.

17 comments on “Underpants not Underarm”

  1. Draco T Bastard 1

    And I’ve noted before how Bill English when questioned about Chinese soft power by Kim Hill said “what about Australian soft power – they own our banks.”

    Good point Bill. We should ban foreign ownership.

  2. JohnSelway 2

    The Aussie cricket team have been assholes for decades. A pervasive arrogance.

    Haddin knocking bails with his gloves was a particularly galling incident

  3. Incognito 3

    Hah! We have the perfect antidote against the Ozzie infection of our banks: Sir John is now Chairman of the Board of ANZ Bank New Zealand and he’ll keep them honest and uphold the highest ethical standards as he did with the Ministers in the Cabinets he presided over or at least he’ll make sure it’s all “pretty legal”.

  4. AB 4

    Interesting how these vicious, foul-mouthed thugs turn into teary, sentimental, cliche-spouting ninnies when they’re caught.
    Says a lot about Strine culture I suppose.

  5. patricia bremner 5

    Hate to say it but, Pringle dug holes in the ball in a game against Pakistan under M. Crowe. for NZ, in the 90’s.

    • Phil 5.1

      You’re correct (literally everyone was doing it in the 80’s and 90’s) but that’s irrelevant today.

      The ICC and cricket administration bodies across the globe have given very clear and strong messages in recent years that ball tampering is not acceptable today.

  6. indiana 6

    These guys have nothing to worry about. Their players union reps will ensure they make it difficult for them to get sacked.

  7. patricia bremner 7

    ILMFHO when “Jude the rude” softly implied in dulcet tones “National knew about this land at the Unitec, it is nothing new. They will have huge problems with the water and the sewer pipes.”

    Do tell Jude. Knew about it? Knew it was for sale then? What were you waiting for? Orivida or their ilk to buy it and build million dollar apartments on it? (no state houses though, eh Jude”)

    “Problems with water and sewer pipes” Jude?
    Half of Auckland has those, just look at the polluted beaches after rain!! Nothing new there either Jude.

    Then she says “It will be years before there are houses there.” Well your lot had 9 years. Won’t be that long.

  8. Tracey 8

    Wasnt W G Grace renowned as a cheat? The virtue and morality of cricket has always just been smugly superior toffs assuming they were superior to the dirty working classes.

    The aussies clearly couldnt deal with the sledging that moved from on the field to the stands. It got ubder their skins. Then the SA bowler got his suspension overturned and tgen the Aussies were losing the match… like petulant children they devised a plan to get even. With all the subtlety of children blinded by anger. Making their attempts only days earlier to claim moral high ground laughable. Their male cricketers have long been able to dish it out but not able to take it. Good on the aussie public for demanding better of their sportspeople.

    I am not sure we would be this outraged at the All Blacks cheating…

    • Phil 8.1

      Wasnt W G Grace renowned as a cheat?

      The line between Victorian-era cricketing fact and fiction is as blurred as any other subject you can name. Most of WG’s more memorable antics seem to have occurred in what today we would call “exhibition” matches rather than true competitive contests.

      • tracey 8.1.1

        Legend would suggest if he went out early it was an exhibition game. If he got going it was a competitive contest


  9. tc 9

    Check the odds folks….it’s cricket !

  10. In Vino 10

    My greatest contempt is for that apology for a captain. He used the old weasel-words
    “what happened” instead of “what we did” and thereby tried to minimise the offence, as if it had happened because of other people or outside influence.
    He still can’t be totally honest. He has the mind of a 6-year-old who is unfit to lead a Kindergarten party to tidy up the playground. What a representative of Australia!

  11. In Vino 11

    And racism! Ball-tampering is what one expects from Asian teams, not nice honest white-skinned Aussies. Hence big reaction?

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