Why are we still talking about WAGs?

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Before I dive head first into this story, there are a couple of things you need to know.

I like cricket. I know what a maiden is. I know what an LBW is and I could name a couple of the members of the Australian cricket team.

However, my knowledge about cricket is nothing compared to rugby league.

Now that that is out of the way, I can get to the real issue and that is why are we still talking about the cricket WAGs?

I would never have written a story about this when the news first broke last week because I found it so ridiculous, but another article has been published today which has said that ‘ Banning WAGs could lead to divorces, head selector Rod Marsh warns’.

This has come following some people criticising the policy which allows players to have their partners and families with them on tour.

But let’s rewind a little bit.

I, like many Australians, spent part of last Thursday night watching the cricket. Unfortunately, by the time I got home from dinner at 9pm the best part of the game was over. That game has been labelled as one of the most embarrassing defeats in test history. Our entire Australian team got out for a pitiful 60 runs. 60 runs? People expect Clarkey to get 60 on his own. It really was absolutely gob smacking and was to the delight of many of my English friends. Whenever I mentioned the name Stuart Broad the next day, my Australian friends shuddered. With a performance that saw him take 8 wickets for 15 runs, he really was the hero for the English team.

Why the defeat? I’m not a massive cricket fan so I can’t comment on tactics or the aggressive approach of the Australian batsman. I can’t comment on the quality of the pitch or on the weather conditions or whether the team, still subconsciously, has been impacted by the tragic death of Phil Hughes.

When reading the media the next day, I came across an article which made me LOL. It is rare that I chortle so heartily when reading the news of a morning, but when I saw the Australian WAGs being blamed for Australia’s Ashes defeat I had to do a double take.

You have to be kidding me.

Unfortunately, it was true. Overnight, Ian Healy had come out and said that “all their partners are here and some of the most respected cricketers I played with hated that distraction. They weren’t allowed on tour until after the series had been won. Your mind needs to be completely focused on it. Cricket is a sport that requires complete concentration. You need everything going for you and I’m not sure they’re pushing for that hard enough.” 

It all makes sense to me now. OF COURSE it is the fault of the Australian WAGs. Can I also blame them for the cold weather in Sydney at the moment? What about the Parramatta Eels disappointing season this year? The fact that I slipped on my way to work this morning and now have a ladder in my stocking?

I was absolutely astounded at the ridiculousness of the argument.

Next time our Australian Jillaroo’s suffer a defeat at the hands of the New Zealand Ferns, I hope they blame their distracting partners. Should Hilary Clinton fail to succeed in her quest for the US Presidency, I hope she decides to blame Bill Clinton.

Not only did I find Healy’s comments ridiculous and sexist (because there is no way that men would cop the blame for the poor performance of their partners on the field), but I also found it offensive.

Wives and girlfriends of sporting stars do not have it easy. They often deal with their partners being away for long stretches of the year, are in the public eye all the time and similar to any other relationship, I would assume that the WAGs are deeply committed to the success of their partners on the field and would be feeling as disappointed about the loss as their partners are. It is an absolute cop out to blame them and a good example of passing the buck.

I never hear of the WAGs being touted as the reason why the team is successful? Why are we blaming them now, just because our team has suffered an embarrassing defeat?

The buck stops with the players and the coaching staff. Rather than looking to blame the WAGs perhaps the Australian cricket team needs to consider strategy and playing selection. And next time I make a mistake at work, I’m going to try and blame my boyfriend.  

If players are unable to focus with their families with them on tour, then perhaps they should take up meditation.

Love,

Ladies who League xxx