>Two people have now made statements to the effect of deplorable
>behaviour by the Australian players in the India/Australia tied
>As someone else requested, could you please provide details of
>what you are talking about?
Well, I guess two things stood out...firstly, Matthews did a great deal of
bowling on the last day (or was it just the last session), and for the
most part there was a great deal of backchatting going on between the batsmen
and him. Zoehrer kept on bugging the batsmen as the last session wore on.
Personally, I think the actions that actually caused all this to happen was
in IMHO, the fact that Border didn't really expect India to win the match
or have a serious chance to do so..as a result I was treated to the sight
of a test skipper ***ing at the umpires almost non-stop. It made me sick
to watch Border complain and argue about everything. He would stand there,
and rant and rave at the umpires about decisions, the state of the ball
and the price of tea in china..as a result a great deal less overs were
bowled before the 20 mandatory overs commenced. At one stage, I told
my buddy "This victory would have been a great one..now, all the fun is
gone coz' I bet Border will *** like crazy to the press" The fun
really started with a couple of crucial dismissals in the mandatory
overs. At one stage, when the indian wicketkeeper, More, was dismissed, an
argument broke out between Zoehrer and him as he was walking back to
the pavilion. At this stage, Matthews came running up and stuck his
fingers almost in More's face telling him to get the hell out...real
charming behavior don't you think?? Of course, Border did nothing to
stop any of this. It had got to the stage, that I wanted the match to
end as quickly as possible....There were other incidents, but
memory fails me now.
In the hoopla surrounding the ultimate result, all this was forgotten
and since television coverage of this match wasn't international,
none of this really got publicised. Very unfortunate, because I thought
it could have a been a great test match. I'll never forget Dean Jones
batting in the first inning and the standing ovation he got for his
courage in batting with a stomach infection...
I'm sorry, but I lost any respect I had for Border and Matthews after
this match. I still think Border is a great batsman and possibly a great
captain as well, but he's a lousy sportsman and a bad loser.
"You guys are gonna smoke in the other room, the smoke will come drifting in
here..it'll look like rose stems, but there's tiny nooses*** from them.."