Melbourne. Australian fast bowler Glenn McGrath has slammed the lack of aggression among England players in the ongoing Ashes series, saying he would rather see a close-competitive contest than a race to “stay good”. He said that due to the IPL and Big Bash League, the great camaraderie between the players of England and Australia has reduced the passion which is needed while playing for the country.
He told the Sydney Morning Herald, “Sometimes there is too much goodness. The competition to remain good in the eyes of all. So people don’t want to be aggressive.” He said, “I remember when Nasir Hussain came here with the England team, he was not even allowed to talk to us or say good day.” Big words to the Australians. Have a habit of abbreviations but McGraw doesn’t like nicknames.
He said, “Every time Australian or England cricketers are interviewed, the nickname is heard. Brody, Jimmy, Cage. I asked who is Cage and found out Alex Kari. They get to know each other more, not in our times.” England are 0-2 behind in the series but their expressions don’t hurt. McGraw said, “It’s a matter of gesture. England will have to think about it. All of them have started getting to know each other more from IPL and Big Bash League. You see the batsmen and bowlers seem to joke with each other. I want to see aggressive competition.