‘Truly the worst-kept secret in Australia’
“If you have the courage to look, and if you have a sense of history, you can’t find any trace of the Ashes,” said David Warner, the cricket historian who worked as an observer during the 1990s and who now teaches at the University of Melbourne.
“They have disappeared.”
It was not long ago that the Ashes were the most anticipated cricket series in Australia, with the expectation that the series would kick off with the biggest match of the year, between the World No. 1 New Zealand and the South African side that had beaten the English in the World Cup.
But that was in 2007, and the Ashes have since been played with a much smaller audience.
“I think there’s been a sense in the Australian media that we’re not getting enough attention,” Warner said.
It’s a bit sad. “
It’s been like that for the last 30 years, but now we’re finally getting the public to pay attention.”
It’s a bit sad.
The public is starting to realise that we have a cricketing heritage and that we can make something of ourselves as a country.
“The Ashes, for many Australians, is not just about the game, but the way the country was treated in the past and the way it is treated now.
A recent article in The Australian newspaper, for example, argued that “a lack of trust in our national team is driving the nation towards an even greater divide between our rich and poor communities”.
And this was in the wake of a series of scandals in the media and the courts involving alleged child abuse by local government staff and the use of taxpayer-funded sports facilities.
“But, at the same time, there’s a sense that we need to make a difference in this country, to make sure that it’s not just the rich who are benefiting from our country, but everyone who lives here.” “
A lot of Australians feel that there has been an unfair playing field over the last decade, and that cricket has been treated differently in the last 25 years than it was back then,” Warner told the ABC.
“But, at the same time, there’s a sense that we need to make a difference in this country, to make sure that it’s not just the rich who are benefiting from our country, but everyone who lives here.”
Australia is now one of the world’s richest nations.
According to the latest World Bank figures, the richest people in the country are worth $20.6 trillion, with $13.7 trillion coming from overseas, and more than 80 per cent of the population is under 18.
“There’s a lot of anger out there that it has taken so long for the Australian government to do anything about the cricket crisis,” Warner added.
“We need to take it seriously and act quickly.”
Warner has a book on the Ashes called Ashes: The Ashes and the Forgotten Story.
He said Australia’s cricket history should be looked at more closely than ever.
“The Australian public needs to know how much of the story the Ashes has told, how much more it could have been told, and how much better off we would be as a nation if it was properly told,” Warner wrote in an email to The Australian.
“In addition, it’s important to recognise that this is a country that, despite its wealth and influence, has always been a very poor nation.
We have been blessed with an excellent cricket culture that has given us the best chance to succeed in cricket.”