Completely agree. I think we now rely on the drum at home too much, to the point where the atmosphere is poor without it. Away, however, our atmospheres are generally pretty good so there's no need for the drum - plus whoever was drumming at Blackburn was too overzealous with it and was doing my head in by the end!
Do we know it is definitely true? I seem to remember the course of events being: Wright plays through injury, has an average-but-not-great end to the season; not picked for Aus WC squad; therefore we decide to give the operation the go ahead after he didn't get picked for the WC