Wellington: England great Ian Botham revealed on Thursday he was relishing Australia’s woes in India after four players were suspended for indiscipline, mocking the “wellness reports” they are forced to complete.
The former swashbuckling all-rounder was referring to the daily reports Australia's players are required to fill out every morning while on tour, including details such as how much they slept the night before.
Mickey Arthur said a team culture including unacceptable “back-chat” and “attitude” forced him to controversially axe the players for the third Test.
“I’m finding it hilarious, I’ve got to say,” Botham said. “The wellness report? I wonder how mine would have read? How many hours’ sleep did you have last night — none — the night before — two — before that — none.”
Arthur said the shock suspensions were designed to improve Australia's team culture. and performance. as they look to regain the world No.1 spot, with an Ashes double-header looming against England later this year.