Australian cricket desperately needs a hero: Dean Jones

Dean Jones sadly for Cricket Australia, there are no cricket heroes who come to peoples’ minds now Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Melbourne: Oct 9, 2011

Former Australian batsman Dean Jones said Australian cricket desperately needs heroes and admitted the current crop of players lack the ‘Australian aggression .

“Good old Australian aggression is what I want to see. Then bring on the Indians in December. And let me tell you, the Indians are so tired, they will be cherry ripe for a mauling,” siad Jones.

According to Jones, the top five Australian sporting heroes are Cadel Evans, Sam Stosur, Sally Pearson, Gary Ablett, Chris Judd, Billy Slater, and none of them play cricket.

“Sadly for Cricket Australia, there are no cricket heroes who come to peoples’ minds now. Australia is struggling. Australia is in developing mode, trying new players and structures that will be competitive in the next Ashes series and World Cup. We all know this takes time, but the fans hate seeing us lose and they have no real heroes to follow,” said Jones.

“This Australian team is going through change but lacks some real quality game-changers. Guys who can finish off the opposition. There is hope, as we have a new captain and a new coach and new selectors and performance managers are on the way. But the team’s performance in Sri Lanka hasn’t really grabbed the imagination of the fans or the media,” Jones adds.

Jones believes that the Australian cricket team’s tour of South Africa “will make or break our upcoming summer.”

“If we get smashed in South Africa, it will put us back a long way and could mean we don’t have enough time to be right for the New Zealand and India Tests in December.

The South Africa tour will be a big one for all, he concluded.