Aussies welcome Murali with rotten eggs

Published: Saturday, February 2, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
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Colombo: Australian fans once again handed Lankan offie Muttiah Muralitharan a hostile welcome as a group of hooligans hit the spin wizard with a rotten egg.

"An egg was thrown at Muralitharan and it struck him", a top Sri Lankan cricket official said, adding, the authorities were looking into the incident that happened last night.

The Island Newspaper reported that Sri Lankan cricketers, including Muralitharan, were jeered and attacked by some local residents in Hobart when they were returning to their hotel after dinner last night.

"The Sri Lanka team management had then taken action to safely guide the players back to their hotel and the police arrived at the scene," the Newspaper said.

The off spinner has had a history of hostility with the Australian spectators, who have jeered him on previous tours, forcing him to stay away from Australian tour for some time.

Muralitharan was no-balled by Aussie umpire Darrel Hair and the bowler had to undergo clinical tests in a lab at Western Australian University in Perth to prove the legality of his bowling action.


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