Aussies fast becoming the new Windies: Rixon

Posted By: Pti

Melbourne, Feb 17 (PTI) The current Australian team isheading the West Indies way given their continuous slump andthe cricket board will have to make some tough decisions tosave the national side from collapsing completely, feelsformer wicketkeeper Steve Rixon.

Australia lost both their warm-up games -- against Indiaand South Africa -- ahead of the World Cup starting February19 and Rixon felt the Aussies are fast becoming the stutteringWindies of the ''90s.

"We need to be doing a lot of things, Australian cricketis not healthy at the moment," Rixon, who is currentlyemployed by IPL outfit Chennai Super Kings, was quoted assaying by ''Fox Sports''.

"If the administrators want to play ostrich and put theirheads in the sand, so be it. But I wish they would open theireyes and have a look.

"All I want to see is Australian cricket get back to itsbest and not fall as the West Indies have fallen sodramatically," he said.

Rixon said he was frustrated that none of his suggestionswere being heard by game''s administrators here.

"I''ve had a good talk with people about this. To behonest, I''m growing tired of saying things because nothingseems to be changing," he said.

"I''m seriously sick of making suggestions to improveAustralian cricket. I''ve been around this game long enough toknow something about it. I would love to be part of a boardwhere I can make some suggestions to improve the game," headded.

Rixon''s views were echoed by former Test captain KimHughes, who questioned the squad selection for the World Cupand expressed surprise at the decision to leave out theinjured Mike Hussey.

"Let''s face it, we have an average side and I always feltthey would really struggle in those conditions," Hughes said.

"We''ll be doing well to get to the semis. We''re anaverage side, we don''t play spin well and that''s why I''mastounded Mike Hussey isn''t in the team," he added.

Story first published: Thursday, February 17, 2011, 11:00 [IST]
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