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I took the catch cleanly, insists Hauritz

Published: Monday, July 20, 2009, 9:51 [IST]
 
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I took the catch cleanly,: Hauritz

Melbourne: Aussies spinner Nathan Hauritz insists that he cleanly grasped a contentious catch, which became a major talking point of the ongoing Lord's Test.

The Australian spinner was at the centre of controversy when he lunged at mid-on to claim a low, diving catch off Ravi Bopara who stood his ground.

The third umpire refused to give the decision causing an immediate reaction from Test skipper Ricky Ponting who confronted umpire Rudi Koertzen and non-striker Kevin Pietersen.

After play, Hauritz said he had no doubts that he got his fingers underneath the ball and had claimed a fair catch.

"I definitely did. I thought I caught it straight away. I said I'd caught it and Rudi just went and referred it and it came back inconclusive," Hauritz said.

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"I didn't hear it hit the ground, that's why I thought I caught it but the third umpire said inconclusive,' The Courier Mail quoted him, as saying.

England would not buy into the catching furore, but claimed Australia had to take the good with the bad.

Hauritz, who took 3-80 despite bowling with a busted middle finger on his right hand, boldly declared Australia was not even considering defeat despite already trailing by 521 runs with two days remaining.

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