Healy slams 'over-serviced' Australia


Former Australia wicketkeeper Ian Healy believes the nation's under-fire team is "totally over-serviced".

Darren Lehmann's men have been criticised after going 2-0 down in their three-Test series against South Africa with a humiliating loss in Hobart.

Healy, who played 119 Tests and 168 one-day internationals for Australia, feels there are too many coaches involved with the national team.

"I think there's too many around the Australian cricket team," he told SEN on Friday.

"We need to get them down producing talent in the 14-, 15-, 16-year-old bracket, feeding into state, and the Australian cricket team run by a coach and an assistant coach, that'll do me."

Healy believes those involved in specialist roles, including the batting coach, are having little impact.

Australia have had numerous batting collapses in recent Tests, including being all out for 85 and losing 32-8 in Hobart.

"Totally over-serviced. We can now see they don't have any impact," Healy said.

"In the past 12 months we've lost 10 wickets for 80 runs way too often, so tell me the batting coach is working. He can't change things up there.

"They [players] have got to have an unbelievable desire to do their job, they've got to have skills developing all the time on their own, to get the job done to stay in the baggy green otherwise go back to state cricket.

"It's got nothing to do with coaches, other than Lehmann and [Justin] Langer for example, surely they can deal with any facet of play in that Australian cricket team."