'Pig Hunter' role in jeopardy after Murray finds his Yoko.
With less than two weeks to go until the touring party takes off, the ink had hardly dried on the plane tickets when a rippled rumour became a flood of concern, causing disruption in the camp. Murray THOMAS, who had expected to carry the hopes and dreams of the fans in the role of Pig Hunter, announced he is relinquishing the role after finding comfort in the arms of a local girl, known only as Eva. The move is very reminiscent of Michael Clarke and Laura Bingle’s relationship which caused controversy and resentment within the Australian Cricket team.
The announcement by THOMAS will force a heavier workload onto skipper, Trent DWYER, who carried the burden of Pig Hunter through the 1997, 1999/2000 and 2004 tours of Europe. A touring party without a Pig hunter, is like a circus without a midget. DWYER has not faired well on European tours in the role but lifted his reputation when he excelled in the same role during the treacherous tour of Vietnam/Cambodia in 2007. Only during the tours of 2004 and 2007 has he both skippered the touring party and played the pivotal role of Pig Hunter. Time will tell if DWYER can handle the burden of both roles again. As during DWYER'S debut tour in 1997, a replacement may be sort to fill the role from abroad.
DWYER was quoted yesterday as saying, “Look. Of course I’m disappointed with Murray’s decision. But it is his decision. With the touring party already missing the experience of Ollie in the bridging role, someone has to step up for the sake of the team. Murray has made his choice and although it’s not in the best interests of the team, the decision has been made. He will just have to learn the role vacated by Ollie's 'sand in his vagina' injury and learn it quickly. We will just have to adapt. It won’t stop it being a successful European tour.”