Why Australian cricketers abuse on the field

Australian test captain Tim Paine believes the behavior changes that the Newlands scandal forced upon the national team have invaded the rest of the system over the past two years, with incidents with James Pattinson and Marcus Stoinis last summer being the exceptions to that this is evidenced by the new rule.

Pattinson in the Sheffield Shield and Stoinis in the Big Bash League have both been sanctioned by Cricket Australia for obscene personal abuse of Cameron Gannon and Kane Richardson. In any event, the language used was homophobic in nature, in an incongruous reminder of the kind of words used in Australian cricket circles as a means to "try to get into the minds of players" for decades.

As depicted in the documentary series The test, Paine and Australia coach Justin Langer had led the work to ensure that the national team's language on the pitch was downgraded from previously overtly abusive levels to something less obscene without losing all of their hostility - joke was the most commonly used term it was . As Paine reflected on the period of the documentary, he said he saw a noticeable change in the language spoken at both national games and on-field tests.

"They're looking at a very isolated case or two, one with Patto and one in the Big Bash," Paine said. “So I think cricket behavior in Australia has generally improved. I think the players did a great job. It's still a really competitive environment where you attack each other ... but I certainly think that when I've played cricket before, the joke or abuse level has certainly changed.

“I think that's a good thing. I think that's what we want. I think it then allows us to have things like the blunt microphones show up and we can get fans and spectators even closer to the game. Hopefully this behavioral trend. " I think it's just a change of mindset. I think these combative players still play the way they play. They had to think a little more about how to go about it or what to actually say.

“I think there's still a lot of chat going on on the cricket fields I've been to. There are certainly still ways to enter the competition and try to get into the players' minds without abusing them, and I think that showed that. " In particular the Australian men's team. "

One element of the Australian team that was indirectly influenced by the documentation was developing honest feedback sessions between players and coaches. The series shows how Langer's harsh words were not always well received, culminating in a Christmas / New Year period during the India Test series in 2018-19 when the players and coach alike appeared unsatisfied with how their relationship was going .

However, things progressed as the team's success increased, resulting in the trauma of the Headingley Test in a way that was effective enough to get the team moving in time to an Ashes-clinch performance for the next Test at Old Trafford to provide - the climax of the documentary.

"I think having him there like we said a couple of times, once you got used to it in the first week we literally went on as we normally would," said Paine of the documentary's lead cameraman, Andre Mauger. “We haven't changed any meeting schedules or discussions that we would normally have because the documentary was being made. It was normal business. That's what we wanted, with probably the only exception to Headingley, which we hadn't. And again it wasn't done for the documentary.

“This was done because JL thought we had to do something to address the mistakes, talk about it in front of each other, and find ways we could move forward and win the next test in Manchester. So that was a bit different from the norm I suppose. Because you usually look at a lot of footage yourself as a cricketer, not so much in front of the team and as much forward as we do. So that was different, but now it sure opened our eyes to different approaches.

“We are certainly a lot more open and honest and can do it a lot faster. That's one of the great things that came out of this Headingley friendly and how we approached it afterwards. "

As for the reception of the documentary in which English captain Joe Root admitted that he saw it while being kept at home by the coronavirus pandemic, Paine said it was worth seeing the audience positive about the decision of the Austrian teams have reacted to join the ranks of these sports teams in a similar way documented elsewhere.

“Everyone I've talked to, whether I'm going to have a coffee later, whether I've played the latest games for my class club or university, or talked to my family and friends who are related to cricket, everyone I've talked to loved the look inside the Australian cricket team, ”he said. “It was probably always a changing room that you don't see much of. I think the documentary and broadcast rights that we now have on the two TV channels kind of opened up the dressing room and given a real insight into how we're going.

“I think that was a great thing for the game, it was a great thing for our team, and it was a great thing for the Australian public and potential opposition captains like Joe Root to take a look. All of the feedback I've been given so far has been really positive and hopefully this will continue. Hopefully people enjoyed it. That was the idea.

“We are no different. We're sports fans as cricketers and I've loved watching ESPN [films] on NFL or baseball teams for a number of years. So it's great that cricket has moved on and done what we did with the documentary. "