London: Former England fast bowler Angus Fraser has claimed the sacking of four Australian players from the squad facing India in the Mohali Test shows that their current crop of players doesn’t value their baggy green.
Fraser added the influence of lucrative domestic Twenty20 competitions like the Indian Premier League (IPL ) is majority responsible for it.
"This (sacking) incident is very disturbing for Australian cricket but it should remind the cricketers what it means to wear the `Baggy Green`," Fraser wrote in his column for the Independent.
"When a team is getting its backside kicked around a country it needs all players to come together. It is the total opposite of the attitude that existed in the great Aussie teams of the previous 20 years that I so often played against," he added.
"The most disturbing factor is that one of the guilty parties is the vice-captain, whose position demands that he should be taking interest in, contributing to and coming up with ideas about what can be done to improve the situation," he wrote.
Fraser added: "The saga makes you wonder whether the current players take the same pride in wearing the `Baggy Green` as those that wore it before. Steve Waugh created the aura that surrounds the cap."
"By treating the cap as they did they produced something that was always more important than any individual. It was an honour and it kept players in check. A player`s behaviour was judged by the values the cap represented," he wrote.
"Now it seems the focus has strayed from the Test team and is more on the money Twenty20 cricket can generate. The Indian Premier League auctions are awash with cricketers from Australia and the Big Bash, Australia`s T20 extravaganza, dominates their summer," he added.
First Published: Wednesday, March 13, 2013, 16:16