Video: 5 incidents when Australia played against the spirit of the game
Ross Taylor of New Zealand had broken few astonishing record when he scored a 290 at West Australia Cricket Association (W.A.C.A) stadium in Perth. Total six batsmen, in this Test, have scored a hundred on this pitch, which is traditionally known as the heaven for a fast bowler. But Taylor’s innings was the highest individual score by a non-Aussie batsman on Australian soil.
The innings drew appreciation from cricket fraternity. But, the Australian team was engaged in celebrating the wicket of Ross Taylor when the batsman got out off Nathan Lyon after saving New Zealand from a loss in the second Test of the three-match Commonwealth Bank series. Taylor’s 265 runs partnership with Kane Williamson, who scored his second century of the series, helped New Zealand to score 624 in reply to Australia 559.
But, when Tylor was leaving the crease, none of the Australian players came to him to congratulate him for his Houdini act. Taylor’s innings was unique in many ways. He batted like a much technically improved batsman. His style of defending the 160 km/h delivery from Mitchell Starc displayed he was not overwhelmed by the fastest delivery of Test cricket history. His fine optimization of the foot, hand-eye coordination has made him lovely to watch. He scored 43 boundaries to stitch his 374 balls innings.
But, the baggy green sporters don’t know how to appreciate their opponent’s innings. Their envy used to expose through sledging,
Former Netherlands and Australian pacer Dirk Nannes was not happy with the gesture of Australian players. He termed the act of not appreciating Ross Taylor innings “horrendous sportsmanship”.
Later, Taylor downplayed the event and at the end of the match Taylor tweeted an image of him shaking hands with Australia coach Darren Lehman.
However, this is not the worst gesture from Australian players. Sportzwiki relieves five infamous incidents from the pages of the history of “horrendous sportsmanship”.
— Ross Taylor (@RossLTaylor) November 17, 2015
1) David Warner “speak English” banter on Rohit Sharma
The Australian opener is a run scorer. If he can’t score with the bat, he will contribute the team with sledging. He often tries to get into the head of a well-settled opponent batsman. He was involved one of the worst brawls between opponent cricketers in a bar during the Ashes.
David Warner once confronted India’s Rohit Sharma at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) during an ODI match of tri-nation series. Rohit Sharma scored 137 in that ODI. Warner could not prevent himself from having a banter with Rohit. He came in the middle of the pitch during the change of overs during the India’s innings. He was fined for the “speak English” banter with Rohit Sharma. Umpire Kumar Dharamasena and batsman Suresh Raina separated the duo from an on-field fight.
2) Dennis Lillee kicked at Javed Miandad
They are two legends of the game. But they shared not only the greatest rivalry of bat and ball but also they were an enemy of each other on the field. In 1981, in a Test match, the Australian pacer Dennis Lillee deliberately kicked Javed Miandad when the Pakistan batsman was complaining to the umpire that Lillee had intentionally blocked his running between the wicket.
3) Micheal Slater abused Rahul Dravid
The Australian opener was not happy with third umpire’s decision of giving Rahul Dravid not out for the second time in the series. Slater came to Rahul Dravid and spewed some abusive languages. Dravid’s pull shot was beautifully caught by a diving Micheal Slater in the first Test of the series in Mumbai, but Venkatraghavan was not convinced. The Indian umpire referred the decision to the third umpire, who too declared Dravid not. The Aussie was heavily fined for behaving badly with umpire and batsman.
4) Trevor Chappell’s underarm delivery
Greg Chapell’s decision to order his brother to bowl underarm delivery against their arch rival New Zealand is probably the worst ever incident ever happened to cricket. The incident has happened at MCG. New Zealand needed six off the last ball to win the match. Greg Chappell urged his younger brother Trevor to bowl an underarm delivery from preventing the batsman from hitting a six. Richie Benaud was one the commentators during the match. He was the on the mic when the delivery was executed. He termed the incident the darkest day in the history of cricket.
5) Ian Healy cheated Brian Lara
In 1992 in a Test series between West and Australia batting great Brian Lara failed to recover as he lost his foot while trying to play a delivery stepping out. But wicket-keeper Healy also tumbled at a pitch while trying to stump out Lara, who was batting at 58. Healy hobbled to collect the ball and while falling on the pitch, hit the stump, but the ball was not in his hand. Though, he appealed for stump-out leg umpire did not think twice before giving Lara out.
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