Highly credentialled batting and fielding coach Trent Woodhill says the Australian cricket team are perceived in a bad light by their opponents.
Woodhill, who has worked with the New Zealand and Pakistan national teams, delivered a stinging assessment of the global reputation of the Australian side.
“They’re horribly perceived, to the point where players weren’t enjoying the process of playing Australia,” Woodhill told SEN Breakfast.
“They were enjoying a result if they got on, but the process wasn’t great and that’s not what sport is about.”
The fact Australian cricket keep refereeing back to past glories and the way the game used to be played is something that needs to change, according to Woodhill.
“To come back to Merv (Hughes), that’s part of the problem that we keep wanting to go back to the glory days, rather than be a sport that innovates and creates new stars," Woodhill added.
“We keep going back to our old stars and our old opinions on the game, so that’s the area of growth that’s most needed.
“We need to give the young players who are representing their country an opportunity to become household names themselves for the right reasons without always going back to that path.”
Listen to Trent Woodhill’s chat on SEN Breakfast with Garry Lyon and Tim Watson in the player below