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England tour of India - Cricket: Use anger to your advantage, urges Botham

Published: Tuesday, January 22, 2002, 23:53 [IST]
 
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Cuttack: Former England great Ian Botham on Monday urged Nasser Hussain's tourists to use their anger over the umpiring as a weapon in the ongoing One-day series against India.England was furious over a controversial umpiring decision in the first match at Kolkata, which cost centurion Marcus Trescothick his wicket and the tourists the match.The left-handed opener hit a rapid fire 121 off 109 balls before being adjudged leg before off a Javagal Srinath delivery which appeared to have pitched outside the leg-stump.England, chasing 282, was strongly placed at 224 for four when Trescothick was removed by Indian umpire S K Sharma's contentious decision in the 36th over.His dismissal sparked a collapse, which saw England lose its last five wickets for 35 runs. "England must use its anger and disappointment to spur them on in the remaining five games," Botham wrote in the Times of India ahead of Tuesday's second match."The series is still there to be won and it must not get dejected. From what I can make out, England players are like wounded tigers who want to get back at the team that took the victory they feel was theirs."The umpiring decision was widely criticised in the Indian and British media, and renowned former cricketers also joined in. "England was robbed," said former India captain Sunil Gavaskar, referring to the dubious decision. Hussain said his team's preparations and performance would not be affected by the umpiring row. "Decisions go against you," he said. "We are not going to dwell on them. We have to pick ourselves up. We have to be positive."Match-referee Denis Lindsay of South Africa, meanwhile, said he had received a letter from England over the umpiring issue. "It is not really a complaint," he said. "England has expressed concern. I have forwarded it to the BCCI."The ICC is to introduce two neutral umpires for Tests from April and one home umpire and one neutral umpire for One-dayers. Lindsay also said India will be fined for its slow over-rate in the Kolkata match. He, however, said the amount of the fine was yet to be fixed.

AFP
Copyright AFP 2001

Extras:
India fined for slow over rate in 1st ODI
Onus on India to perform better in 2nd ODI
Umpire Sharmas decisions poor, ridiculous
Frustrated Hussain files complaint with ICC
England, India teams arrive at Bhubaneswar

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