Australian batsman Andrew Symonds is at it againJune 14th, 2008 - 1:29 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, June 14 (IANS) Andrew Symonds is not a walker, but he also makes it a point to rub it in by acknowledging that he was out and it’s for the umpire rule it. The volatile Queenslander was in volved in another walking controversy on the opening day of the third Test at Bridgetown, Barbados, when he was lucky not to have been given out by umpire Mark Benson after gloving Dwayne Bravo to wicketkeeper Dinesh Ramdin in Australia’s first innings.
Benson refused to raise his finger and West Indian blood boiled and the Barbados crowd booed after Symonds’ reprieve, reports The Australian.
It was a pivotal moment because Symonds, who was 14 at the time, went on to make 52 and lead a revival of sorts as Australia reached 226 for seven on a rain-reduced first day.
It was not the first time that Symonds, a confirmed non-walker, has been the beneficiary of a major umpiring blunder.
During the controversial Sydney Test last summer against India, Steve Bucknor ignored a blatant caught behind appeal when Symonds was 30. The Queenslander went on to make a match-turning 162 not out.
West Indies skipper Chris Gayle was refusing to let the Symonds incident sour a great day for his side.
“It’s up to the individual what he wants to do at that particular time — there is nothing we can do,” Gayle said. “That’s cricket.
“Sometimes it goes your way, there is nothing you can do about it, but carry on with the game.”
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