Holding lambasts Aussies on-field behaviour

Published: Monday, January 14, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
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Melbourne: West Indian Cricket legend Michael Holding criticised Ricky Ponting's Australian team as one of the worst behaved in world cricket due to their excessive appealing which puts tremendous pressure on the umpires.

Speaking to a bunch of reporters former fast bowler pinpointed that behaviour of Australian players in the field is the worst. "I base that on their excessive appealing and the way they intimidate umpires," he added.

"I would say the reaction from the Australians when an appeal is turned down is a lot more aggressive than other teams, which intimidates the umpire. I have seen many good umpires fall to pieces in Australia," the former pace man, nicknamed 'Whispering Death', said.

He felt that as world champions, the Australians needed to set the standard in on-field conduct as well.

"Australia is the No 1 team and as such they should be setting the benchmark for the spirit in how the game is played," Holding added.


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