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Lawson takes a dig at arrogant ~~roos

Published: Wednesday, January 9, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
 
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Sydney: Holding the Australian cricket team responsible for bringing a bad name to the 'Baggy Green', former Aussie paceman Geoff Lawson has said that it was high time that the Kangaroos were pulled up for their behaviour.

"There's certainly been a lot of feeling from ex-players who think the baggy green has been disrespected," Sydney radio 2KY quoted Lawson, as saying.

Expressing his disappointment over the behaviour of the Aussies, Lawson said, "Perception is everything and the outside world thinks that this Australian team is arrogant and not well behaved."

The Australians did not show the spirit of the game during the Sydney Test, said the incumbent Pak coach Lawson.

"Some of these (current) players need to be spoken to," said Lawson, adding, "I certainly don't agree with dragging Ponting's captaincy, I just think a bit of counselling needs to be done with how these players perceive themselves."

Justifying the International Cricket Council (ICC) decision for dropping Umpire Steve Bucknor from the third Test, Lawson said that the council made a "common sense solution" in sacking Bucknor.

The fallout from the Harbhajan Singh racism charge and the subsequent allegations on Australia's Brad Hogg could change the cricketing landscape, he opined.

"I think from now on, the teams will actually have to be totally silent on the field because otherwise everyone is going to get reported and the match referee will be having hearings everyday."

Agencies

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