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    December 06, 2005

    What you hurl is what you get

    Incidents of unruly crowd behaviour marred Australia's thumping win over New Zealand in the first one-dayer, at Eden Park, of the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy last week.

    There were ground invasions and plenty of fruits thrown at the Australian fielders on the boundary line. Brett Lee seemed to have been a special target, as he saw an apple whizz past him.
    I am a pretty big fan of fruit but not past the old head. You don't really appreciate 10 or so pieces of fruit being thrown at your head. I don't mind being sledged or anything. A bit of fun with the crowd is part of it, it happens in every stadium, it happens in Australia. Apples being thrown at your head is something we don't want to happen in cricket.
    Perfectly right, Brett. Except that batsmen don't appreciate 160 gram leather balls hurled at head/neck/chest height, regardless of the support you get and the excuses spun.

    So how likely is it that the New Zealand spectators were merely retaliating and giving Brett Lee a test of his own medicine?

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    What a waste of fruit. Maybe they could have fed good 'ol Shain Bound some of it.

    By Blogger Srini at the Movies (06-Dec-2005, 2:26:00 PM)  

    Looks like the aussies and the new zealanders decided to take the issue mildly. Am just wondering how the reaction would have been if it had happened in India ! There would have been calls for banning the venue, the captain would have been banned for 2 - 3 matches and the firangi press would have had a go at us !!

    By Blogger Satba (06-Dec-2005, 9:34:00 PM)  

    Srini: To get Bond fit for the series at least?
    Sathish: Yes, while it is highly likely that a lot would have been made of it had the incident occured elsewhere, perhaps in Pakistan, Sri Lanka, India, West Indies or Bangladesh, Australia and New Zealand haven't taken the issue too mildly. NZC has ensured a big gap between spectators and the boundary. England had major problems with spectator invasions a couple of years ago. They've ensured no more of that nonsense happens.

    By Blogger Jagadish (07-Dec-2005, 11:25:00 AM)  


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