Aussies fast becoming the new Windies: Rixon
Melbourne: The current Australian team is heading the West Indies way given their continuous slump and the cricket board will have to make some tough decisions to save the national side from collapsing completely, feels former wicketkeeper Steve Rixon.
Australia lost both their warm-up games -- against India and South Africa -- ahead of the World Cup starting February 19 and Rixon felt the Aussies are fast becoming the stuttering Windies of the `90s.
"We need to be doing a lot of things, Australian cricket is not healthy at the moment," Rixon, who is currently employed by IPL outfit Chennai Super Kings, was quoted as saying by `Fox Sports`.
"If the administrators want to play ostrich and put their heads in the sand, so be it. But I wish they would open their eyes and have a look.”
"All I want to see is Australian cricket get back to its best and not fall as the West Indies have fallen so dramatically," he said.
Rixon said he was frustrated that none of his suggestions were being heard by game`s administrators here.
"I`ve had a good talk with people about this. To be honest, I`m growing tired of saying things because nothing seems to be changing," he said.
"I`m seriously sick of making suggestions to improve Australian cricket. I`ve been around this game long enough to know something about it. I would love to be part of a board where I can make some suggestions to improve the game," he added.
Rixon`s views were echoed by former Test captain Kim Hughes, who questioned the squad selection for the World Cup and expressed surprise at the decision to leave out the injured Mike Hussey.
"Let`s face it, we have an average side and I always felt they would really struggle in those conditions," Hughes said.
"We`ll be doing well to get to the semis. We`re an average side, we don`t play spin well and that`s why I`m astounded Mike Hussey isn`t in the team," he added.