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    September 30, 2008

    Ricky Ponting's broken record

    No, this isn't about Ponting's statistical feats. By his own admission, Ricky Ponting says he's flogging a dead horse when he brings up the topic of batsmen accepting the fielder's word.
    To me it's like flogging the dead horse, to tell the truth. I go to every referee meeting before a series wanting to play the game like that, but almost every other captain in the world is not interested.
    Ever wondered to think why that's happening, Ricky? Maybe because its a stupid idea, given the high stakes involved? Maybe because teams the world over aren't interested in trusting an opposition fielder, especially an Aussie?

    At Sydney earlier this year, Michael Clarke nicked to first slip and stood waiting for the umpire's decision, and later claimed that he was too shocked to move. Later in the game, he claimed that he'd taken a catch cleanly, when there was no evidence to indicate it was actually as clean as he thought. You acted as the third on-field umpire and said Clarke had taken it cleanly, and then later claimed a catch (off Dhoni) when the ball, although under control, was touching the ground while resting in your palm, and then had the temerity to claim that a journalist (G Rajaraman) who pointed it out was questioning his integrity and thus had no place in the room.

    I sincerely hope Anil Kumble doesn't get hoodwinked this time around as well. The reality is that there is a huge trust deficit.

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    By Anonymous Sanath (01-Oct-2008, 1:33:00 PM)  

    If Australia are serious about this, the solution is easy - walk when a fielder says he caught it, confess when you know you haven't taken a clean catch - easy!

    Eventually, with every action being replayed a million times around the world and blogs discussing every incident - the bad apples will soon be outed and shamed.

    There are plenty of examples of bad apples on both sides so lets not go there.

    By Blogger Stu (01-Oct-2008, 4:24:00 PM)  

    Actually, that's one of the reasons (sorting out the bad apples) why the umpire decision review system is good. Over-appealing will come down, as will the number of batsmen who stick around hoping that the umpire will have a moment of weakness.

    I am not sure Ponting will agree to walk & not claim catches unilaterally. Like I said, there's far too much at stake as it is.

    By Blogger Jagadish (01-Oct-2008, 5:07:00 PM)  

    Yeh - you're right, so then they should just stop talking about it, which I think was your point in the first place right?

    By Blogger Stu (02-Oct-2008, 6:35:00 AM)  


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