Aussies have poor racism record

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> The Indian media has gone ballistic coming down hard on making what they are claiming are unfair claims of racism by the Aussies.

Updated: January 09, 2008 15:10 IST
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The Indian media has gone ballistic coming down hard on making what they are claiming are unfair claims of racism by the Aussies, and the reason for that is of course the poor track record.

The Aussies have as far as racism and on-field behaviour goes.

Whether it is Darren Lehmann, the first cricket player ever to be found guilty of racism and slapped with a five-match ban, to the very cocky player turned commentator Dean Jones, who was sacked after calling South African player Hashim Amla, a terrorist on-air, the Aussies and racism have shared an unpleasant but close relationship.

Add to that Aussie Umpire Darell Hair, who lost his job as umpire for test matches after being accused of being racist in his cheating allegations against the Pakistani's in the oval Test fiasco.

The Muttiah Muralitharan no-ball incident, which led the Sri Lankan team walking out in protest, also had clearly racial overtones to it.

And racism from the crowds in Australia is also well documented.

Murali has been a favourite target with them, Monty Panesar got a taste of it during a tour game in Australia.

And the South Africans too protested against it when their coloured players Makhaya Ntini, Ashwell Prince and Herschelle Gibbs faced racial taunts.

Racism apart, player conduct on the field from the Aussies has also been a constant issue, with the Aussies getting away with murder on several ocassions, take the Michale Slater incident from 2001 when he got into a fiery exchange with the usually calm Rahul Dravid over a catch claim.
Also, the Glenn McGrath Ramnaresh Sarwan spat, where McGrath had very clearly crossed the line, but against whom no action was taken leading to a pretty major uproar.

So blatant was their on field misconduct that even the Australian Cricket board, as it was formerly known made the players sign a code of conduct agreement with the threat of suspensions and bans if broken.

Yet even today the Aussie lead the world in on-field aggression, and India's policy to take them on and fight fire with fire has obviously not gone down too well with the one day world champions.

While the Australia team is under fire for not playing in the right spirit, in a statement released by Cricket Australia chief James Sutherland, he has batted for the Australian way of playing tough and uncompromising cricket.

"Tough and uncompromising is the way in which all Australian teams have played, and this team under Ricky Ponting is no exception," said Sutherland.

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