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Cricket Manager Hits at Critics
I London, Thur». : Criticism of the Aus- tralian cricket team published in a Sydney newspaper was described by the team mana- ger (Mr. G. Davies) today as "untruthful, sensational and an exaggeration of the facts."
! The article said: "The
social whirlabout and beer drinking parties pf the team have now begun "to affect it on the field, and have given it the worst reputation of any Australian touring team." »
Mr. Davies said: "Two thirds of the team do not drink. Of course there have been some social events; they are a necessary part of any tour. But the players are too . keen on their game and their future to go to such, excesses, as are im- plied, in the article. Officials and " the public have many times complimented me on the behavior of the team,
. "I have not received one complaint about ; the . be- havior of any players since the tour began. .
"I .am bitterly disappoint- ed that such a vicious at- tack should be made on the ¡eve of a test match.^
' "I am sure the per-
formances of players in che second test will completely refute these unfounded statements."