Aussies surprise Indians by their 'walking' act

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:09 IST

The Australians today surprised their hosts when two of their batsmen 'walked' without waiting for the umpire's decision.

Aussies surprise Indians by their 'walking' act

Chennai: The Australians today surprised their hosts when two of their batsmen 'walked' without waiting for the umpire's decision on the opening day of the second cricket Test against India here in sharp contrast to their aggression practiced by them in the last few years. Captain Adam Gilchrist might have done what was expected of him when he trudged back to the pavilion immediately after Yuvraj Singh completed a difficult catch at short leg. Gilchrist had walked once before in a World Cup match in South Africa in 2003. But number 10 Michael Kasprowicz went one step further when he declared himself out after David Shepherd said 'no' to an appeal for a bat-pad catch. It seemed a very 'personal' effort by the individual players concerned to relieve some pressure off the umpires. In Bangalore last week, New Zealand's Billy Bowden ruled Virender Sehwag leg before in the fourth innings as India set off to chase 457. But TV replays showed a thick inside edge. The batsman vented his frustration at the umpire and was duly slapped a 65 percent match fee fine for misconduct. Commentator Dean Jones said the Australians should have called back Sehwag because if they wanted honesty they should also show some. The Aussies maintain that they did not hear the nick. (PTI)

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