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Cultural determinism and Australian cricket October 23, 2007

Posted by Sharath Rao in sport.
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Hayden is now getting into trouble with his theories of cultural determinism governing success in Cricket.

“I think it’s one of the greatest misconceptions of this side ever, that it’s aggressive. I think what we are, it extends from our culture, is just having a great mateship and camaraderie within any kind of team,” Hayden said.

“You put any 12 blokes together and you’ll get a job done. Whether it’s getting a bogged four-wheel-drive off the beach or standing in front of a cricket wicket and making sure we’re in a dominant position. It’s the same dog, different leg action, so to speak,” he said.

Shaky ground (why not their neighbors across the ocean the New Zealanders) but it might be a contributing factor yet. (Anyone vouching for Australia’s dominance in other outdoor sports -hockey, rugby??). So he may have a point there after all. And hence the trouble he is inviting.

Oh, and the other thing he said about the Indian team:

“I think India is close on being my favourite side to beat. They’ve almost taken the number one seed off England in a lot of ways…

It’s a side that within it’s psyche has amazing highs and amazing lows. So it doesn’t take long to realise they’re at a low when you’re standing in front of 70,000 people at a stadium and you can hear a pin drop. It’s a great position to be in and you know you’ve got them beat.”

Truly, who does not enjoy the idea of being able to control a 70,000 crowd without opening your mouth – must be making the likes of Sonia Gandhi/Vajpayee jealous. At least Somnath Da, whose current stint as Lok Sabha speaker must qualify him for the “Sisyphusian award for parliamentary helplessness”.

Meanwhile, I trust that the great Indian free market will rise up to the occasion by meeting the rapidly growing demand for effigies of Mathew Hayden and Ricky Ponting. Also watch out for the price of matchboxes !

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