Australian great Ricky Ponting has blamed the country’s housing development and the lack of backyards for the nation’s gradual cricket slump, saying children nowadays do not have the room or the space required to play cricket without worrying about breaking window panes s or televisions sets.
“How do we expect to find any young talent when the majority of our country’s junior players are growing up in apartments? Or worse off the grid housing developments?” Betootadvocate quoted the ex-Australia skipper as saying.
Former world No 1 Australia are in the middle of a disastrous form slump after losing five successive Test matches and were routed 5-0 in an ODI series in South Africa. Rod Marsh stepped down as chief selector after the home side lost the second Test in Hobart in four days this month to hand South Africa their third successive Test series victory Down Under.
Ponting reportedly is in contention to replace current coach Darren Lehmann.
“Kids don’t learn how to knock them if they’ve got to constantly be worried about putting a hole through dad’s OLED television. Or knocking grandpas ashes off the mantlepiece. It’s ridiculous. In my day we didn’t even have a neighbour’s window to worry about. These kids are too crammed,” Ponting said.