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Quintus de Zylva
Fifty years have passed since Ian Meckiff’s fast bowling action was “called” by leg umpire Col Egar during the test match against South Africa in Brisbane in 1963. His second, third, fifth and ninth balls were considered illegitimate by Col Egar. Captain Richie Benaud did not give Ian Meckiff another over to bowl and so ended the 18-Test career of this fast bowler at the age of 28. Richie Benaud’s spineless action was in contrast to that of Captain Arjuna Ranatunga who stood by Murali’s bowling action and threatened to take his team off the Adelaide cricket ground some years later. Biomedical expert Darryl Foster at the school of human movement at the University of Western Australia conducted tests that showed Murali’s flexion to be within a fifteen degree range that was considered acceptable. Read the rest of this entry ?
Aleem Dar—Three Howlers and OUT he should be
There is a striking moment in Ian Fleming’s Goldfinger when the criminal mastermind tells James Bond that once is coincidence, twice is happenchance and thrice is war ending in the dungeon. Well! On this comparison umpire Aleem Dar should be consigned to the umpiring dungeons or refuse bin. He has the distinction of committing the same type of horrendous umpiring error not once, not twice, but THRICE!
When a batsman nicks or plays a ball to one of the slips most human beings can perceive the splice of the process so to speak. But not Dar… Not once, not twice, but THRICE. I have a vivid mental image of all three moments. Read the rest of this entry ?
Sarah Lyall, in the New York Times, where the title is “Debate Erupts After English Player Fails to Call Himself Out“
It seemed like a small thing, a mere moment among thousands in the first week of the Ashes contest that will go on (and on) well into the lazy days of August. But to cricket traditionalists, the incident — in which an English cricket player failed to confess that he was out, even though the umpire had ruled him in — was a disgraceful reflection of how low the game had fallen. Why can’t we have it played straight, where cricketers act like gentlemen and do what we know is right?” lamented the radio host Peter Allen, speaking on Day 3 of the all-important 131-year-old England-Australia tournament known as the Ashes. “I always thought cricket was something different.” Read the rest of this entry ?
Steven Lynch, courtesy of ESPNcricinfo, where this delightful essay bears the title ‘“You’re fired”
Roy Gilchrist was probably the fastest bowler to emerge from Jamaica before Michael Holding – and he mixed up his express deliveries and bumpers with the odd very nasty high full-toss – the now-banned “beamer”. But not long after taking 6 for 55 against India in Calcutta (now Kolkata) in 1958-59, Gilchrist unleashed one beamer too many – at an old Cambridge team-mate of his captain, Gerry Alexander. He was sent home from the tour, and never played for West Indies again.
A hard-hitting allrounder seemingly made for the one-day game, and who latterly made a mark in Test cricket, Queenslander Andrew Symonds often sailed close to the wind: in England in 2005 he was dropped after a night out, which wouldn’t have made so many headlines if Australia hadn’t promptly lost to Bangladesh. Then, in August 2008, he achieved the unlikely feat of being sent home from a series at home – Bangladesh (again) were about to provide the opposition in a one-day series in the “top end” (Darwin and Cairns) of Australia, when Symonds missed a team meeting as he had gone fishing. Protests that he’d left the hotel before the meeting was called fell on deaf ears. He was welcomed back that time, but fell out with the Australian hierarchy for good a year later. Read the rest of this entry ?