Oz WAGS invited to team camp to improve harmony during Ashes

May 23rd, 2009 - 1:40 pm ICT by ANI  

Melbourne, May 23 (ANI): In the wake of several high-profile flare-ups involving the wives and girlfriends of Australian cricketers, Cricket Australia has invited partners of its players to a pre-England camp at Hyatt Coolum on the Sunshine Coast, in a bid to short-circuit the fractious relationships that hurt the 2005 series campaign.

The WAGs issue was a flashpoint in Australia’s terrible 2005 Ashes loss in England, and was graphically exposed by then wicket keeper great Adam Gilchrist in his book, True Colours.

“It was apparent, when the guys returned to the hotel from Lord’s, that some personality clashes had disrupted relations between wives and players,” Gilchrist wrote.

“A guy would go out to dinner with his partner and hear bad things about someone else’s partner. You could be sure that the same was happening somewhere else, in reverse. So it ended up that some of the guys were suffering from their divided loyalties,” he wrote.

“The wives and girlfriends are going up, too. It’s a good opportunity for them to get together and, given the changing face of the team, there are a lot of new people about. It’s important for the girls to bond, to share knowledge and give each other support,” skipper Ponting said.

Sources close to the camp have claimed that Brett Lee’s estranged wife Liz was at the centre of several feuds involving the WAGs over the last few years, News.com.au reported.

Senior Test players are hopeful the pre-Ashes camp will ensure improved harmony on this year’s tour, although it is known at least two of the girls who will be in England do not get along.

Glamour pair Michael Clarke and Lara Bingle is Australian cricket’s best-known couple, while the skipper’s wife Rianna Ponting is also a fixture on the WAGs scene.

Athletics champion Tamsyn Lewis is set to surge into the WAGs spotlight with her partner Graham Manou heading to England as Australia’s backup gloveman.

Jessica Bratich, the karate champion partner of fast bowler Mitchell Johnson, also had plenty of publicity with her wardrobe malfunction at the Allan Border Medal earlier this year. (ANI)

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