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Shane Watson

Am I a senior cricketer or a school boy to be asked to do homework? Even if they call it a ‘presentation’?

Shane Watson
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Shane Watson
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The Delhi-Sydney flight is smooth but I am shaking all over. Difficult to hold the pages of the diary and write. Some self-introspection is needed. Am I a senior cricketer or a school boy to be asked to do homework? Even if they call it a ‘presentation’? Mickey said he wanted three points from the 16 of us covering technique, mental state and teamwork. Would that help us win the remaining two Test matches? Why three, I can answer in one word...shit! What is the job of the coach? Doesn’t he watch us play, he could note down not three but 30 points.

Why only Mickey, the captain is also to be blamed. How would anyone respect a captain who is called ‘Pup’? ‘Punter’ for Ricky was a captain’s nickname. Others weren’t bad too, Glenn ‘Pigeon’ McGrath, Jason ‘Dizzy’ Gillespie. Aussie captains are dons, not pups. In the dressing room, he runs around looking for excitement. Poor Simon Katich almost strangled Pup for not singing our team song after a hard-fought win over SA and ignoring the champagne...

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