Sydney Test 2008

Interesting comment on Channel Nine – Sydney Test!

Posted on January 8, 2008. Filed under: Cricket, Sydney Test 2008 |

I got forwarded the following comment which has been posted in Channel Nine website, supposedly by an Australian. This clearly describes the major events during the Sydney Test.

1. Aus was was 6-134. Symonds was given 4 lives, he went onto make 150.Give those lives to Sachin and he would hit 300!
2. Ponting was out on 15, and he went onto make 55. When he was given out wrongly on 55, he was furious and slammed his bat going into the dressing room. 1 wrong decision(when he was out on 15 already!!) and look how he reacted. How do you think the Indians feel with 13 wrong decisions.
3. Symonds was out on Zero on Kumble’s hatrick ball in the 2nd innings, he went onto make 61.
4. Hussey was also out when he nicked the ball, another repreive and he made 145.
5.Jaffer was given out on no-balls!
6. 2 of Indias best batsmen on day 5 were given out disgracefully. Why should Clarke be trusted to rule on apotentially match-turning catch when he stayed at the crease on afteredging a ball? Ponting’s intentions can be seen where he claims to catch aball off Dhoni that clearly fell on the ground.

And people think Aussies deserve to win?! Absolutely disgusting!

Thanks Sridhar for forwarding this. Also please read the comments section on the new rules for any cricket team’s tour of Austalia!!!

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News Flash – India suspend Australia tour pending appeal!

Posted on January 7, 2008. Filed under: Cricket, Dubious umpiring decisions, Sydney Test 2008 |

A very bold decision has been taken by BCCI in suspending the Indian Cricket Team tour of Australia pending appeal on Harbhajan’s ban for 3 tests on account of racial abuse. You can read the news flash here.

I think the BCCI has done a right thing after the acrimonious second test in Sydney. The test was marred by dubious umpiring decisions, Australians unsportmanship behaviour in number of instances, Ricky Ponting’s outburst in the post-match press conference and finally the racial abuse accusation against Harbhajan. Kumble was forthright in mentioning that only one team (India) played the test in true spirit. Very rightly said!!

Australians introduced the concept of sledging on the field and defended it saying that they play the game the hard way. But yesterday, Australians have gone to the match referee crying foul of the purported remarks made by Harbhajan against Andrew Symmonds. I heard somebody telling me yesterday that Australians were never challenged in the past on their sledging remarks and now when they are challenged they have been completely exposed of their inability to face it. You cant keep winning all the time. World is round and not flat!!

This link will show you all the goof-ups made in the thrid test by the umpires.

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