Forget Spain, Arthur needs to look at Australia

Some of those men were also brilliant fielders. Border had a superb throw, Warne had great hands in the slips and Boon pouched some stunners at short leg. As long as your shape doesn't noticeably impact on your on-field performance, it shouldn't be an issue. There are several young players who spend inordinate amounts of time in the gym, with little to show for it in terms of athletic or fielding prowess.

updated: March 21, 2013 15:58 IST
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"This is a line in the sand moment," wrote Mickey Arthur in his blog for Cricket Australia. "A point we'll look back on in a couple of years' time when we're back to number one in the world and say was a defining moment."

The article was a spirited defence of the controversial decision to drop four players ahead of the Mohali Test, from a man who's clearly passionate about his job. Whether you agree with the severity of the punishment or not – and most old-school pros don't seem to – Arthur's attempt to explain the reasons for it should be applauded.

There were a couple of things he mentioned, however, that should have made Australian fans uneasy. One was this: "Being late for a meeting, high skinfolds, wearing the wrong attire, back-chat or giving attitude are just some examples of these behavioural issues that have been addressed discretely but continue to happen."

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