Ian Healy has called out Pat Cummins over the captain’s glowing comments about the West Indies following the wild scenes at the Gabba.
The cricket world is standing and applauding the tourists after they pulled off one of the biggest upsets in recent times to claim victory in the second Test by just eight runs in a nailbiting finish on Sunday.
After Australia won by 10 wickets in the first Test in Adelaide, a clean sweep of victories across all five summer Tests appeared a certainty heading into the day-night match at the Gabba.
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A busted toe meant Shamar Joseph nearly didn’t take the field on Sunday, but he took seven wickets at blistering pace as Steve Smith tried in vain to steer Australia to victory.
TV and radio commentators were swept up in the moment as Joseph took off around the Gabba celebrating the final wicket — but the adoration for the West Indies is now being called out for going too far in support of the minnow Test cricket nation.
Former Test captain Tim Paine on Monday slammed former Australian commentators, claiming some were barracking against their own country.
“I get it from a fan’s point of view, it annoys me when I hear past players commentating and almost barracking. I find that really hard to listen to,” Paine told SEN Tassie.
“It was awesome for the West Indies. It was not great for Australia. It wasn’t a great performance.
“I just don’t like it. It makes me uncomfortable. Why are you barracking against your team? That you played in?”
Former Aussie Test wicketkeeper Ian Healy also took a swipe at Cummins, suggesting the Aussie skipper should have been more upset with his team.
“You know, I wasn’t that happy with Pat Cummins and how he dealt with it,” Healy told SEN Queensland.
“He’s a bit too glowing of the West Indies. I like that bit, but I don’t think he’s paying enough attention to his side’s underachievement.
“Do you reckon they played brilliantly? We only had to chase 216, that means they didn’t play brilliantly until the last day.
“Australia let them into that match big time. Hopefully there was a question after that that got (Cummins’) mind and his thinking on his own team, because that wasn’t good enough.”
It comes despite video of commentary boxes at the Gabba on Sunday going viral around the cricket world.
Fox Cricket’s Mark Howard released footage of West Indies icon Brian Lara watching on as Joseph took the last wicket of Josh Hazlewood and calypso chaos ensued.
Lara’s long-time teammate Carl Hooper was captured openly crying as he processed the magnitude of the result.
The result snapped a 27-year drought against Australia in Australia, claiming a stunning eight-run win at the Gabba.
The Aussies had a chance to complete a clean summer sweep — but it appeared the final result didn’t mean much to Cummins after a long white ball home summer.
They outplayed us, they played brilliantly and I know a lot of the talk was that there was some debutants, but once you put out an international eleven, you know it’s going to be tough,” Cummins said after the match.
“They were fantastic. They’ve created a couple of superstars that we didn’t know about before the series. As a cricket fan, there’s a part of me that was happy to watch.”
He also swapped playing shirts with Joseph.
“Helluva debut series @shamarjoseph7. Already a superstar, well played,” Cummins wrote on his Instagram page.
It was Australia’s second loss at the Gabba in 35 years and the first time Australia have lost a Test at home to a team other than India and South Africa since 2011.
Joseph was deservedly named player of the match but the post-match presentation was somewhat anticlimactic after the series ended 1-1.
The Australian team retained the Frank Worrell Trophy but their celebrations were understandably muted as they raised the trophy immediately after a rare loss on home soil.