Dear Editor, The England Cricket Team ‘won’ the Second Test but I do hope (even in the midst of their immature celebrations) that they realise it was a very hollow win.
The England team, apparently, has not won a test at Lord’s against the Australians since the Thirties but I am sure that there could not have been another Test with such poor standards of umpiring, which allowed no less than three top Australian batsmen to be given out mistakenly and so obviously so. In other sports the decisions could have been accused of a betting fix, they were so bad.
Flintoff in his outrageous peacock fashion celebrated five wickets and is being heralded by the media as a hero but two of his ‘wickets’ shouldn’t have been and the other three were bowler batsmen down the order.
One was off a no ball; one was claimed by Strauss as a catch and Hussey was given out hitting only the air with his bat but the ball hit a worn patch and flew to first slip; the wicket keeper and the first slip must have known, just as Strauss must have known that the ball hit the ground and Hussey did not touch the ball, but they claimed the catches just the same. How times have changed when one could rely on players owning up.
Everybody now, in the UK it seems, is at it; the bankers, the politicians, councils all ripping us off; deceit has now spread into the cricketing world. We are a decaying society after only 12 years of New Labour government. Deceit is becoming a way of life in the UK; it is contagious and very destructive.
We should all take note and be aware.
I have been very impressed, however, with the dignified way the Australian team and captain has dealt with their setbacks, not of their own making, of time wasting and poor umpiring decisions. They should be congratulated for the example they are giving us of what sporting behaviour means.
Douglas J Wathen
Rushford, Salford Priors