Australian cricket legend Brad Hodge has hit out at the Victorian government’s handling of the Covid-19 crisis.
On Tuesday Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews announced the state’s hard lockdown will be extended for another seven days until 11.59pm next Tuesday.
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The decision to extend the lockdown means schools will stay closed and children will continue to undergo at-home learning.
Hodge, who played six Tests and 25 One Day Internationals for Australia, took to Twitter to share his frustration about the situation.
“Home schooling is not doing our kids any favours @DanielAndrewsMP,” Hodge posted, tagging Mr Andrews in his complaint.
The 46-year-old’s message divided opinion among his followers, many of whom were angry he chose to call out Mr Andrews directly.
However, Hodge did receive some support, including from Australian basketball great Andrew Bogut, who endorsed the ex-cricketer’s sentiment, simply retweeting: “100 per cent”.
Hodge’s original tweet received hundreds of replies and he was clearly taken aback by the amount of anger he copped in return.
Wow some hard core responses out there. Never did I point fingers, question those that make the decisions. Just pointed out it’s not a favourable position our children face particularly in Victoria #5.0 @DanielAndrewsMP
“Wow some hard core responses out there,” he wrote.
“Never did I point fingers, question those that make the decisions.
Former Australian cricketer Brad Hodge isn’t happy the Victorian has continued to mandate at-home learning. Picture Wayne Ludbey. Brad Hodge,Source:News Limited
“Just pointed out it’s not a favourable position our children face particularly in Victoria #5.0 @DanielAndrewsMP”.
Hodge is one of several former Australian sporting stars who have voiced their disapproval of the Victorian government’s handling of the Covid crisis in recent times.
Last week, ex-AFL star Dane Swan posted an epic rant following the news Melbourne was entering another lockdown due to the city’s latest Covid-19 outbreak.
The former Brownlow medallist Swan vented his fury at the situation, posting an expletive-filled rant to Twitter.
“Every single a**hole who came into Melbourne from Sydney, broke the rules and f***ed us all again need to be named and shamed and jailed for life,” he wrote.
“And maybe some water boarding too. #c***s”.
The tweet was accompanied by a GIF from Liam Neeson’s Taken film franchise with the caption: “I will find you and I will kill you”.
Dane Swan is one of several ex-sporting stars who have taken aim at the Victorian government. Photo: AAP/MIKE BURTONSource:News Corp Australia
And a few days later, former Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley questioned the contagiousness of Covid-19 in a bizarre social media post — his first in more than a month.
A near-record number of Victorians underwent Covid tests on Saturday (53,283), with 16 new cases recorded in the past 24 hours.
Buckley, who parted ways with Collingwood this year after three decades of service as both a player and coach, wrote that the latest case numbers were proof the virus wasn’t as contagious as it has been made out to be.
53,283 tests yesterday in Victoria, presumably most of those from people exposed to people and places with confirmed positives
16 new positives
So, exactly how contagious is this thing again?
My logical brain is failing to comprehend.
On a quite separate aspect…
I totally agree on these short sharp hard lockdowns. They seem to be quite effective.
I wonder what the long term solution is though…🤷♂️
Buckley wrote: “53,283 tests yesterday in Victoria, presumably most of those from people exposed to people and places with confirmed positives 16 new positives So, exactly how contagious is this thing again? My logical brain is failing to comprehend.”
It was a view shared by Buckley’s partner, cosmetic nurse Alex Pike, who reposted the tweet on her Instagram page with the caption, “end lockdown”.
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