- Four players get suspended from a test match because they did not submit their homework.
- An ex-player held back the news of his retirement because he was afraid that he might be dropped.
- An official speaks openly about one of the Famous Four - stating that he is not a 'team player'. The player in question responds saying that the official didnt know him well enough.
Remember Simon Katich and his bust-up with the captain?
Whatever be the reason for the open fight, it is unprecedented in the history of cricket. Other countries who are notoriously famous for their internal team rivalries will be chuckling away to glory. This is the ultimate test therefore for the players in the playing eleven at Mohali - after Day 1, it looks like some of the reinforcements (Smith and Haddin) have done well. The skipper is obviously not happy as he promoted to No.3 and got stumped the very first ball!
The previous Oz captains used to be tough on the opponents (Steve Waugh, Ricky Ponting and co) while enjoying great relationships internally. But, now, the aggression has swapped sides - the Aussie team members seem to have good relations with the Indian cricketers while internally, they seem to be in a mess!
Is the new mantra of the team to be "nice"on the field?
Is there a problem with the coach? Many questions to be answered in the middle of a test series overseas. Really tough!