It is no surprise that English cricket captain, Joe Root was admitted to hospital last night suffering the effects of severe dehydration. Root spent nearly all day on the field yesterday during the fifth test at the SCG. He was so badly affected that he did not resume batting this morning and was replaced at the crease by Moeen Ali. What is surprising was that other English or Australian players didn’t end the day in hospital as well.
Sydney’s weather was described as a ‘scorcher’ yesterday, with the temperature in Penrith at 3.00pm hitting 47.3C degrees – the highest temperature recorded since 1939. The temperature at the SCG was not far behind at 43C but a ‘heat stress tracker’ at the ground showed a reading of 57.6C on the oval.
It is unfathomable to me that Cricket Australia would send the players out to play in such heat and allow them to remain on the field all day. This is an occupational health and safety issue that cannot be ignored. The Australian Open tennis tournament suspends play when the temperature reaches 40C, many enterprise bargaining agreements allow for employees to cease work when the temperature reaches 35C and I am aware of one football league that does not permit training or matches to be played where the temperature exceeds 30C.
The question remains why cricketers are treated differently to workers and other sporting participants? It seems ironic that it is quite permissible for cricketers to leave the field when it rains but don’t have the same latitude when it gets too hot. With the hospitalisation of an elite cricketer, Cricket Australia needs to take action to impose a temperature limit on all matches under its control.
8 August 2010 166.2 –The Panel say it’s all very well to have a baseball league but where will Melbourne Aces play their home games. No decision made on that as yet as we understand it, but hopefully not Altona as both Daniel and Trav say they won’t go to that venue. Nick Tedeschi talks NRL and believes Canterbury Bulldogs are the bet of the weekend v Newcastle. We catch him before he heads out to the SCG to watch the Roosters play St George and felt it would be nostalgic to see League played at the SCG again. He says Israel Folau will defintely come back to rugby league after his flirtation with the AFL. We get Dr Leslie’s CSA in earlier this week so we can do more stool gazing before the end of the show. Daniel says Brett Favre can’t be @packers4 on twitter as the Professor already has that handle. Daniel reviews the Melbourne Tigers tour of ‘the world’ and notes that they beat England but lost to the University of Pittsburgh. Stan wonders whether the Tigers should be investing more in players than spending it on a bonding tour. Sean Callanan joins the discussion and says Stan’s point is fair enough, but he guesses the Tigers are looking at getting advantage from sharing knowledge with other teams aound the world. The Professor finds it funny that the Tigers are playing the “Irish All Stars”. The Panel discusses whether there should be a Hall of Fame for the players who actually help the stars into the Hall of Fame by doing the blocks or opening the running lanes. Sean thinks that a Brett Favre reality show on his “Decision” to comeback (or not) would be a weekly program not a one off. The Panel gets a tweet from @BrisbaneNBL announcing an attempt to revive the Brisbane Bullets franchise. Sean thinks sports fans would struggle to name five NBL players. He doesn’t know when the Tigers will appear on twitter and fires in a record number of sports cliches on Collingwood’s run to the finals.