<div class="img-caption-wrap "> <img alt="Steve Waugh asks Australia to keep criticism behind closed doors" src="https://st2.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/cricket/image_20130707144016.jpg" title="Steve Waugh asks Australia to keep criticism behind closed doors" /> <p class="imgcaptionnew" style="width:618px;"> Steve Waugh said the captain has to ensure that the team continually strive to improve or else they will stagnate © Getty Images</p> </div> <strong>Sydney: Jul 7, 2013</strong><br /> <br /> Former Australian cricket captain <a href="/tags/Steve-Waugh/post" target="_blank">Steve Waugh</a> believes keeping controversies behind closed doors and praising teammates will bring positivity in the Australian team.<br /> <br /> "'I've always believed 'praise' when you're in the public arena but any criticism or advice was done and kept behind the scenes," Waugh was quoted as saying by <em>Sydney Morning Herald</em>.<br /> <br /> '"I think the Australian cricket team has been too open in its thinking — and what they're thinking — rather than keeping it behind closed doors. That can cause issues in the team. I believe it is best to keep a positive front and to constantly seek out ways to improve… that's what makes great teams.'"<br /> <br /> Along with <a href="/tags/Glenn-McGrath/post" target="_blank">Glenn McGrath</a>, <a href="/tags/Shane-Warne/post" target="_blank">Shane Warne</a> and <a href="/tags/Adam-Gilchrist/post" target="_blank">Adam Gilchrist</a>, Waugh took Australian cricket to new heights, where the team was described often as a "family".<br /> <br /> The 48-year-old believes if the skipper stops striving for improvement the team will fail.<br /> <br /> "You have to ensure everyone strives to continually improve. Once people stop trying to improve the team stagnates, it goes backwards and has nothing to aspire to."<br /> <br /> I think it's important everyone involved in the team improves, and that includes the coaches and the support staff - they need to try and do something better the next day. Once you think you've made it, done everything, that's when you can get in trouble," he concluded.