> > The Oz umpires are just as bad or even than the old Paki umpires. How many Aussie batsmen are given out lbw in Oz. Any statistics on that?
> No statistics, but perhaps half a reason for any discrepancies in recent
> t years.
> Australian pitches bounce more than most pitches in other countries.
> This is widely recognised. As a result fewer LBW decisions are given to
> pace and swing bowlers overall.
Definitely true. The only Aussie bowler who comes to mind
who got many lbw decisions is Terry Alderman but then again
he got lbws whereever he went because he was spot on almost all
the time and bowled a fairly full length. Gooch lbw Alderman
was the distinguishing feature of the 1989 Ashes series in
Engalnd. In Australia a couple of years later Gooch
was not out lbw as often. So nothing to do with Aussie
umpires and as Tim pointed out a lot to do with the pitches.
Imran wrote that he often had a problem with getting his length
right whenever he played in different atmospheres. His words
were"...when I start playing in England I find myself pitching
too short and when I start playing after an English season or
tour I find myself pitching too full..."
> In recent years a lot LBWs have been given to Warne (as I said no stats,
> merely surmising, but I believe that this would be true).
> The question must be asked why Warne would get more LBW decisions than
> other spinners.
> Answer: His flipper.
Warne is an incredibly accurate bowler and has a knack
of producing unplayable balls because of the turn
he is able to impart on the ball. His flipper is no
different because it looks like a leg break which will
turn miles and the batsmen square up to play it away
with the spin on the off side and it just goes straight
on, quick and fast and stays really low and hence the lbws.
Saleem Malik was able to negotiate Warne because he was
able to pick up Warne's toppie and his flipper from his
leggie. However, not many batsmen can read and play
spinners as well as Saleem. And despite this Saleem
had his problems against Warne because Warne is a great
> The ball continues on nearly straight, giving the umpire ample
> opportunity to see the direction of the ball and decrease any doubt in
> his mind.
True. But the fact that quicker balls by spinners tend to keep
low because they are bowled with a lower arm action (quicker
balls are realeased a fraction later than the spinner's
stock ball whereas slower flighted balls are realeased
a fraction earlier than his stock ball) has a lot to do with
Warne getting the lbws on any wicket be it in Aussieland
> As a sidelight, I don't think Australia can claim to be World Champions
> until they beat the West Indies in conditions that suit the West Indies
> best. For the West Indies the best conditions are Australian due to the
> bounce in the pitches and the nature of the West Indian bowling.
Hey they beat the West Indies in West Indies and hence became
the first team to do so in like 21 or 22 years so I think the
tag of the best team in the world belongs to them
> Tim Fountain.