Ignore the fact that Sunil Gavaskar invoked the name of the late David Hookes to support his argument about the behaviour of the Australian cricket team. Let’s just say that was unwise.

But it should not be allowed to obscure his central point which is that the Australians are reviled wherever the game is played because of their uniformly appalling on-field behaviour. They have taken a gentleman’s game and, in the course of three decades, turned it into a game for bogans and boors, where sledging is the norm, civility the exception. That’s the nub of the issue and it took a man of Gavaskar’s standing in the game to say it, and have people sit up and take notice.