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Shafin
June 2, 2007, 02:18 PM
Moody embarrassed by Aussies
Malcolm Conn
June 02, 2007

TOM MOODY has lashed out at Australian crowds, admitting he is embarrassed by the derogatory reaction and constant harassment directed towards Sri Lanka spinner Muttiah Muralidaran.
A World Cup winner with Australia in 1999, Moody, who has resigned after a successful stint as Sri Lanka coach, claims Murali's action is more legal than some other bowlers playing international cricket.

"As an Australian through and through, when I have been with the Sri Lankan team in Australia, or playing against them in the World Cup, it's the only situation we find in the whole of the cricketing world where we have this disgraceful slant on a cricketer," Moody said this week.

"My take on it, and I hope I'm right, and I've shared this with Murali, is that it's Australia's nature to show that response in a way of respect and acknowledgement of someone who is pretty special and unique.

"It's a direct insult as it may be seen or heard or given. It's treading a very fine line of sportsmanship.

"I don't know if I'm right. I hope I'm right because at times I've found it incredibly embarrassing when you tour all around the world with a team that has a bowler who is a unique genius; that he's subjected to that type of behaviour in Australia."

Moody believes part of the reason for this is the competition between Murali and Australia's recently retired champion spinner Shane Warne, who is the world's leading wicket-taker with 708.

Murali is second with 674 but given the amount he bowls and the rate at which he takes his wickets he is likely to pass Warne within a year. When Murali tours Australia for two Tests in November, he will still be behind Warne.

"They're protecting their own. Australia has produced the greatest leg-spinner of all time and Australians are very proud of that," Moody said. "There's that constant comparison between Warne and Murali, but I just think you cannot even begin to try and compare the two."

Many Australians, including most of the national team, have harboured suspicions about Murali's ultra-flexible action, which includes a bent elbow, apparently a birth deformity.

This exploded publicly on Boxing Day 1995 when umpire Darrell Hair called Murali seven times for throwing, creating a furore. He was subsequently called during a one-day series in Australia, which almost prompted Sri Lanka to walk off midway through a one-day match in Adelaide four years later.

Murali refused to tour Australia in 2004 because of his treatment by Australians, including Prime Minister John Howard, who sparked an international incident when he claimed publicly that science had proved Murali threw.

Largely on the back of controversy surrounding Murali, the International Cricket Council set up a detailed study of bowling actions with the latest scientific equipment, and found to its horror that just about every bowler threw the ball to some extent.

It was only when a bowler's arm flexed to 15 degrees that it became detectable to the naked eye so the ICC set 15 degrees as the limit for a bowler's elbow movement.

Any bowler now reported by umpires for having a suspect action must be scientifically tested. If found to be outside the 15-degree parameter the bowler is banned and must have remedial work with experts before being allowed to play again.

When Murali was on his last tour to Australia for a one-day series two seasons ago he became so sick of crowd treatment and media claims he was never properly tested that he took himself off to the University of Western Australia to be tested again.

"We were incredibly alarmed and surprised about that because we thought if you're going to do that, at least do it through the management, but he felt an obligation to prove to himself that he wasn't bending the rules, so to speak," Moody said.

"There were articles claiming he hadn't been tested bowling at different speeds so he took himself off one morning on his day off and organised himself to get tested properly.

"He bowled the whole shooting match of doosras and toppies and offies at all different speeds and he walked away comfortably under the 15-degree parameter. There wasn't one delivery that was over.

"I've got the report that shows it all; every single delivery. So where do you go, what else can a bloke do?"

source:http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,20867,21833914-2722,00.html

Sovik
June 2, 2007, 02:52 PM
his stance/view could have been different if he wasn't the coach of Sri Lanka

rah
June 2, 2007, 03:55 PM
his stance/view could have been different if he wasn't the coach of Sri Lanka

exactly, just because murali is his player he supports him

Carte Blanche
June 2, 2007, 08:26 PM
So? Give the man some credit. Everything he said was reasonable. Not many Aussies have been this outspokenly defending Murali. From here I can only hope that some of those skeptics will learn to shut their yaps and give Murali the credit he deserves. Granted that this viewpoint is influenced by his role as a coach, owing to which, he has had the opportunity to learn the man up-close -- still, there was no hint of bias in what he said.

BangladeshFan
June 7, 2007, 03:57 PM
how can u decide if a bowler throws using that machine?if a bowler throws, i think he throws intentionally and he can bowl more legally if he wants to during the test. i think it should be left to the umpire to decide during game time, maybe the 3rd umpire can help.

also i think a batsman knows quite well when a bowler throws watching him front on. see when malinga bowls(he throws all the time), or ahkter or lee during their quick deliveries....... they just throw at certain times to gain extra speed. watch afridi bowl, he chucks/throws everytime he bowl that quicker one and guess what most of his wickets come of that delivery. unless umpires and ICC decide to take stronger measure(they are going in reverse direction legalising everyone), there will be more and more chuckers in world cricket.

ialbd
June 7, 2007, 04:16 PM
yea he should get some credit, he didnt need to do this, he could have been diplomatic and take both sides.....

RazabQ
June 7, 2007, 05:31 PM
Again with the Malinga chucks comments ... Sigh - some people just comment for the sake of it. I dare anyone here to try and do a sling-shot delivery ala Malinga and try to throw it.

gatekeeper
June 7, 2007, 09:44 PM
his stance/view could have been different if he wasn't the coach of Sri Lanka

Is that important? Besides, how do you know that for sure? Give credit where credit due.

Nafi
June 8, 2007, 03:59 AM
also i think a batsman knows quite well when a bowler throws watching him front on. see when malinga bowls(he throws all the time), or ahkter or lee during their quick deliveries....... they just throw at certain times to gain extra speed. watch afridi bowl, he chucks/throws everytime he bowl that quicker one and guess what most of his wickets come of that delivery. unless umpires and ICC decide to take stronger measure(they are going in reverse direction legalising everyone), there will be more and more chuckers in world cricket.

For god's sake dont become an english fan and say every asian bowler chucks, they do not throw. Give it a rest.

istiak
June 8, 2007, 04:52 AM
how can u decide if a bowler throws using that machine?if a bowler throws, i think he throws intentionally and he can bowl more legally if he wants to during the test. i think it should be left to the umpire to decide during game time, maybe the 3rd umpire can help.

You got a very good point, but i think biomechanics have some technology to do it. Its not only mechine who do the final judment.

also i think a batsman knows quite well when a bowler throws watching him front on. see when malinga bowls(he throws all the time), or ahkter or lee during their quick deliveries....... they just throw at certain times to gain extra speed. watch afridi bowl, he chucks/throws everytime he bowl that quicker one and guess what most of his wickets come of that delivery. unless umpires and ICC decide to take stronger measure(they are going in reverse direction legalising everyone), there will be more and more chuckers in world cricket.

I think you are too general here. Do you think only asians are throwing (enen our Razzak had this problem)? Let everybody chuck.......:D

One World
June 9, 2007, 10:10 PM
his stance/view could have been different if he wasn't the coach of Sri Lanka

The angle of a politician. Way to go bro.

On a different note:
How about he is trying to keep the debate alive. No sooner Mahmudullah Riad would be in the list as Razzak had to go through some corrective action by ICC not Aussies as at that level BD bowlers were not that important to tackle.

Sohel
June 10, 2007, 02:06 AM
great to see tom standing up against an ugly tradition that has gone too far.