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You might have thought there could have been nothing more inappropriate and dispiriting at the highest level of sport than the huddle of whiplashed Aussies turning their back on Alastair Cook‘s exit after his latest epic, record-smashing knock.
Unfortunately, there was, at least for those of us who believe that if technology in cricket is never going to impart infallible justice it is an immeasurable improvement on what we had before.
Full story: The Independent
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Michael Clarke has defended Phillip Hughes against Ian Botham’s accusation of cheating and also cleared Ian Bell for not walking to a ball he was later shown to edge. Hughes was unsure whether he caught Alastair Cook at short leg, momentarily celebrating the dismissal before asking whether it had carried.
Cook, who was on 99, stood his ground and stayed when the replays showed the ball bouncing in front of Hughes. Botham was quick to criticise Hughes while commentating on Sky Sports. “Terrible,” he said. “Cheating. How much do you want it to bounce into your hands? He knows he hasn’t caught it.”
Full story: ESPNcricinfo
England’s thumping of Australia in the second Ashes Test nearly sparked a different type of thumping between veteran cricket rivals Ian Botham and Ian Chappell in Adelaide.
The English knight and the Aussie had to be dragged apart after reportedly clashing in the Adelaide Oval car park.
The two men, who are said not to have spoken to each other since 1980 despite being regular cricket commentators at the same events, squared up as Botham waited to be picked to go to the airport, Britain’s Daily Mail reported.
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Chappell, from Channel Nine, “muttered something highly provocative as he went past”, reported the paper, and Botham, from Sky, snapped: “What did you say?”
They dropped their bags and “went for each other” before being separated by their colleagues from Channel Nine and Sky.
Full story: The Age
With its batsmen out of sorts, no established opening pair and some poor performances in the warm-up matches, few gave England much chance after Allan Border won the toss and elected to bowl on a greenish wicket. But Australia’s attack was young and wayward, and despite removing Chris Broad early they struggled to find a consistent line against the patient Athey (76) the aggressive Gatting (61) and the stylish Gower (51). At 4/198 the Englishmen could still have been rolled for a moderate tally, but the spectre of Ian Botham proved too much for the inexperienced Australian seamers. Botham belted 138, including 13 fours and four huge sixes, 22 coming from one Merv Hughes over. England’s final total of 456 was hefty and while Hughes, debutante Chris Matthews and medium pacer Steve Waugh all picked up three wickets, they came at considerable cost.
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