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Andrew Symonds should have been banned

I was very disappointed after going through the Justice Hansen report as Symonds has been proven guilty of STARTING THE WHOLE thing.

Here are the excerpts:

[12] It is apparent that the heated exchange arose because Mr Symonds took exception to the appellant patting the bowler Mr Lee on the backside. I have reviewed the television evidence of what occurred. It is clear that Mr Lee bowled an excellent yorker to Mr Singh who was fortunate to play the ball to fine leg. As he passed Mr Lee while completing a single Mr Singh patted Mr Lee on the backside. Anyone observing this incident would take it to be a clear acknowledgement of “well bowled”.

[13] However Mr Symonds took objection to this and at the end of the 116th over he approached Mr Singh telling him he had no friends among the Australians in foul and abusive language. Mr Singh became angry and responded in kind. It was accepted by Mr Symonds that some of Mr Singh’s response was in his native language

“MR MANOHAR: I put it to you that apart from the other Indian abuses he said to you the words “teri maki”?

MY SYMONDS: Possibly, I don’t recall, I don’t speak that language.

MR MANOHAR: Thank you.

HIS HONOUR: But you accept that as a possibility, My Symonds?

MR SYMONDS: As a possibility I accept that, yes.”

Mr Symonds also gave evidence that in the course of this angry exchange that he initiated and provoked Mr Singh called him “you big monkey”.

[14] Mr Symonds appears to be saying that he finds it unacceptable that an opponent makes a gesture that recognises the skill of one of his own team mates. In the transcript he stated:

“MR MANOHAR: You had any objection to that patting on the back?

MR SYMONDS: Did I have an objection to it? my objection was that a test match is no place to be friendly with an opposition player, is my objection.”

If that is his view I hope it is not one shared by all international cricketers. It would be a sad day for cricket if it is.

Read the entire Justice Hansen judgment here: The Judgment of Justice Hansen.

I strongly feel that for self-admittedly INITIATING the on field argument and THEN playing the victim card PLUS, refusing to acknowledge sportive spirit (gestures like Harbhajan was patting Lee for bowling a superb delivery are rare in modern sport, when competitors rarely acknowledge their opponent’s skill), Andrew Symonds should have been banned for “deliberately bringing the game into disrepute”. At minium 10 tests as he manufactured a serious racism charge against poor Harbhajan.

Shame on you, Andrew Symonds. Hope you NEVER get a lucrative IPL contract, unless you publicly apologize to Harbhajan.

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India rattle Aussies in WACA, Perth

Australia were just blown apart by India in one of the greatest Test victories achieved by any subcontinental team…ever.

The only win better than this was the 2001 Calcutta “VVS” test.

The WACA in Perth is the world’s fastest and bounciest wicket and everyone thought that the Indian train will derail and crash out easily. But… Irfan Pathan, RP Singh and Ishan Sharma had a different script in their hands..one that swinged both ways with the Kookaburra ball.

The world’s supposedly best batsman, Ricky Ponting, was whittled out of the ground by 19yr old Sharma and made to look like an amateur. Ponting just couldn’t handle the pace, swing and bounce of Ishan.

The moral of the Perth Test is that if the umpires are fair, then Australia is NOT the best team in the world. Just like West Iindian batsman, Shiv Chanderpaul said, if even half of the close decisions were not given to Australia, they can be beaten by a good side. the problem, is 99% of all close decisions are awarded in Australia’s favour, and 99% of the half-chances too are awarded in Aus favour. No wonder they won 15 in a row. I don’t consider Sydney test as having “won”  by Australia as video evidence is available worldwide to prove umpires cheated against India.

If India win Adelaide, then I would consider India as having won the series 2-1.

Currently, its 1-1.

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