Mix102.3 breakfast host Jodie Oddy spilled goss this morning about the current Australian men’s cricket team ban on wives and girlfriends.
It was revealed over the weekend that the players partners – the WAGS – are not allowed to be with their husbands/boyfriends in the team hotels in England where the players are currently staying for the 2019 Cricket World Cup.
The same ban will be in place for the opening matches of the all-important Ashes series in August.
But this is not a new phenomenon in Australian cricket.
Jodie herself was an Australian cricket ‘WAG’ “in another lifetime” and was subjected to a ban from staying with her husband while he was playing for Australia in England.
Instead, she stayed with the rest of the WAGS in a different hotel.
But things got so bad among the women that Jodie said she told her husband she wanted to go home.
“It was so bitchy, and fraught with danger,” Jodie revealed on Mix102.3 this morning. “It was awful, one of the worst times of my life actually.
“I went to my husband at the time and I said I need to leave here, I can’t stay.”
Jodie said the group of women was dominated back then by two “Queen Bees” who earned that ‘title’ based on who had been around longest and which of their husbands were the most senior in the cricket team.
Jodie said she found it funny that the rules did not stop “randoms” from using the hotel to visit the single players but wives and girlfriends were banned.
“If the single guys want to bring someone back there’s no problem,” she said.
“You’ve lived with cricketers mate, I think you know what goes on,” Jodie said to co-host Soda. “So little Miss Essex can come back to the hotel but wives and the girlfriends can’t.”
Jodie said she had heard why the infamous ban was back in place for this current World Cup and the upcoming Ashes.
“In 2015 the wives did not get along,” she said.
“I think it was sparked by an incident when all the WAGS were having a photo together and one of the Queen Bees asked for the coaching staff partners to be removed from the photo.”
“I thought the camaraderie should be strong among them,” Soda said.
“You’re kidding me aren’t you,” Jodie quipped back.
Jodie said the request to have a photo with only players partners and not coaches partners “sparked a war”.
“Obviously that has repercussions because you go back to your partner and you were upset and then they have to take it up with the other player of the partner.
“It gets ugly and it gets messy.”