Keep change room off limits

I'VE HAD my "wowser meter" on since Tuesday afternoon and it's still showing red.

Perhaps in my second half century I'm getting a little too conservative but I'm not happy about the baggy green getting doused in anything.

Having never been a part of the inner sanctum of the Australian cricket team, I only have an idea of what the symbolism is all about - seeing Steve Waugh's and Ricky Ponting's caps getting so worn and ragged that it meant the physical being of that bit of material must have been very special.

Perhaps wrongly I got the impression that each of them - so proudly received by each new boy with a hidden tear and pecked on the crest when something momentous in each career occurred - would be treated with kid gloves.

For me, it all came tumbling down when Channel Nine made that much hyped decision to cross to the Australian rooms for the Ashes celebrations.

A sloppy scull out of the crash helmet or a wring out of a wide- brimmed washing hat over a teammate's scone, maybe - but not a drenching of the baggy green.

But it seems I had an impression that was obviously misplaced - so maybe it was important that we crossed to the rooms after all.

Many more than I could have all been under a misunderstanding for way too long into the future.

Yet there is a serious side to this. You can't help but think that across the nation, for a little time to come, cricket mums are going to be exchanging phone calls, emails and texts about the best way to get various concoctions out of their kids' cricket caps after a victory.

Hopefully it will be a question about a cola, orange juice or a brightly coloured sports drink rather than anything more exotic - but it will be an extra unnecessary task regardless.

Perhaps this should be a dad duty because, after all, it's blokes who have created the problem. It's hard to imagine that it's a celebratory scene that is not going to be mimicked over and over again for the foreseeable future - maybe until enough mums call stumps on it.

It's easy to be a spoil-sport on these occasions and really we shouldn't be blaming the players for this expose.

It's not half unreasonable that they had a big celebration after an epic set of performances and a huge series win.

Channel Nine and the Cricket Australia personnel who approved the foray behind the scenes are the ones to blame.

It was probably better to have followed another age-old sporting theory and let what goes on in the change room stay in the change room rather than burst into everyone's lounge room.

In the circumstances we can easily forgive the players for any indiscretions of which they may have been guilty, although a couple at least could have been a touch more circumspect when they appeared in public the following morning or took to their Twitter fingers, but I am still devastated that the baggy greens aren't on a pedestal of their own.

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