Are Australia's cricketers being treated like schoolboys or was the suspension of four players for "not doing their homework" an appropriate response for breaching team discipline?
Former Test player Mark Waugh says he has never heard of such a stupid decision. "It's not under-sixes - this is Test cricket," he said.
But AFL legend Kevin Bartlett applauded the decision. "Finally a light might have been switched on," he said.
Fremantle Dockers captain Matthew Pavlich conceded the penalty was harsh but said the stand taken by coach Mickey Arthur and captain Michael Clarke was a good one.
"Cannot compromise on team behaviours and standards," he tweeted.
The four players - vice-captain Shane Watson, James Pattinson, Usman Khawaja and WA's Mitchell Johnson - were suspended when they failed to make a presentation to Arthur on how the team could improve after last week's loss to India in the Second Test in Hyderabad.
Arthur said it was a "line-in-the-sand" moment for Australian cricket.
Australian Institute of Management WA chief executive officer Gary Martin said the line-in-the-sand approach might not be consistent with best management of people.
"Such an approach would be viewed by many modern Australian organisations as, at the very least, narrow-minded and, at worst, draconian," he said.
Professor Martin said effective management practice was about working with people to help them complete tasks.
"In the case of Cricket Australia, it does appear that players were given a particular self-development task to work on and were expected to do that task without any further guidance," Professor Martin said.
"An alternative and more effective approach might have been to provide the task and a deadline but to work alongside individuals in helping them to complete that task.
"Of course, we want team members in any organisation to commit to deadlines but effective management is also about working closely with people to ensure they are able to meet those deadlines."
Professor Martin wondered what was achieved by drawing a line in the sand.
"Unfortunately, this type of disciplined-based approach tends to do more damage than good and fails to provide good long-term outcomes in a modern organisation," he said.
Former AFL coaches David Parkin and Bartlett said the measure was necessary.
Parkin said he would have done "exactly the same thing".
And Bartlett said the suspended quartet had "thumbed their noses" at a "not unreasonable request".
Former West Coast Eagles coach Ken Judge said there was clearly more to the matter than had been revealed.
"I think we need to get to the bottom of what is going on before we can make any informed comment," he said.
Former cricket captain Ian Chappell told website Cricinfo the decision was surprising.
"If it's team spirit they are trying to build, I'm not sure this is the right way to go about it," he said.
But Cricinfo writer Brydon Coverdale supported the sackings.
"Mark Waugh says this is not schoolboy stuff," he said. "It's not under-sixes, he says. That's right, you're a grown man with your own brain and you get paid hundreds of thousands of dollars, at least, to play this game."You're a professional. So why haven't you acted like one?"
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