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Mark Benson: Why I walked out

December 8th, 2009 by TWC in Miscellaneous

The ICC has just released a statement from Mark Benson in support of the umpire review system and explaining why he left the Test mid-match. Here it is in full:

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Jrod: Ravenous Australian cricket media must take things one game at a time

December 8th, 2009 by JRod in Test cricket, west indies


Australian cricket journalists are a ravenous pack of animals that love fresh meat. Much like their cricketers. Perhaps you could say that most press pools are like their teams. You could say that England’s is prone to massive highs and despairing lows, much like their team. And that India’s press pool just isn’t as good away from home. I probably didn’t research this enough.

Summer after summer the Australian press have been thrown a meal masquerading as the opposition. Last year that all changed. Australia lost at home for the first time since Dakota Fanning was born. Then they lost another under-reported Test series.

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Edward Craig: Ponting’s umpire attack

December 8th, 2009 by Edward Craig in Test cricket


No one likes getting things wrong, least of all umpires. So the umpire review system has created serious ambivalence among the officials – it proves them wrong and it proves them right. But the one thing it is meant to do is stop bad decisions.

In the second Test at Adelaide between Australia and West Indies, it has failed in that and caused unnecessary tension.

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