Press Esc to close
Friday 28 August 2015
News updated at 12:04 AM IST
Weather
Max: 30.1°C
Min : 19.6°C
In Bengaluru
Partially cloudy

Clarke gets 'touchy' with umpire Dar

Sydney, August 26, 2013, AFP:
not in the spirit of the game Australian skipper Michael Clarke picks up an argument with umpires on Sunday. afp

Skipper Michael Clarke told umpire Aleem Dar not to touch him as the fifth and final Ashes Test ended in an acrimonious draw, Australian media revealed on Monday.

Clarke’s exchange with the umpires hit the headlines after bad light ended England’s dramatic late bid to run down the target set by the tourists’ bold second innings declaration which injected life into the encounter at The Oval in London.  

England, set 227 to win in 44 overs, needed just 21 off 24 balls with five wickets left when the umpires decided the light, even with the floodlights on, was too dark and ended the match with England taking the series 3-0. 

“Michael Clarke asked umpire Aleem Dar to take his hands off him as the final Test ended amid controversy and confusion after one of the most extraordinary days in the history of Ashes cricket,” The Australian’s Wayne Smith said.

The daily quoted Clarke as saying: “I can’t remember what I said. I remember Aleem touching me and I asked him politely to not touch me because if I touched him I’d be suspended for three matches.”

Dar had reached out with his left hand to push the Australian captain away.

Clarke later revealed at the post-match presentations that the lux (light) reading was 5.7, “no comparison”, as he put it, to the brighter 8.1 level that had prompted the umpires to call play off in Manchester when Australia had been in control of the third Test. 

“Once they took the reading, I knew it was going to be darker than what it was in Manchester. I was batting at the time in Manchester and I knew it was going to be darker,” Clarke said. 

The Australian newspaper said the way the English crowd jeered Clarke was “nothing short of disgraceful” given that their own side had played “nothing but negative cricket at every stage of the match”. 

The Daily Telegraph’s Malcolm Conn said that umpires had to take a “more pragmatic view” of bad light rulings in future. 

“The light that the last hour of the game was played in highlights how farcical it was to come off for bad light earlier in the tour, showing that the umpires must take a more pragmatic view,” Conn said. 

“In one of the great ironies of the tour Clarke was booed by the crowd during the presentations despite his declaration saving a dead match. The team that deserved to be boo­ed was England, which cra­w­led along at two runs an over during the third day,’’ he added. 


Go to Top

Photo Gallery
Bollywood actor Ranbir Kapoor with fashion designer Manish Malhotra at his show...

Bollywood actor Ranbir Kapoor with fashion designer Manish Malhotra at his show...

Students celebrate Onam festival by making floral rangoli ‘pookalam’ at a public school...

Students celebrate Onam festival by making floral rangoli ‘pookalam’ at a public school...

Devotees watch a procession during Kumbh Mela or the Pitcher Festival in Trimbakeshwar...

Devotees watch a procession during Kumbh Mela or the Pitcher Festival in Trimbakeshwar...

Activists of Left Front affiliated peasants organisation break police barricades...

Activists of Left Front affiliated peasants organisation break police barricades...

Boys stand near the charred vehicles after the incidents of violence following the Patel...

Boys stand near the charred vehicles after the incidents of violence following the Patel...

Ex-servicemen continue their indefinite hunger strike over non-implementation of OROP...

Ex-servicemen continue their indefinite hunger strike over non-implementation of OROP...

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar with his Delhi counterpart Arvind Kejriwal offering prayers...

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar with his Delhi counterpart Arvind Kejriwal offering prayers...

Leader of the Opposition and CPI(M) State Secretary Surya Kant Mishra participates in a rally...

Leader of the Opposition and CPI(M) State Secretary Surya Kant Mishra participates in a rally...

Army soldiers conduct flag march in a sensitive area of Ahmedabad on Thursday...

Army soldiers conduct flag march in a sensitive area of Ahmedabad on Thursday...

Special Operation Group (SOG) jawans take positions near the house where militants were hiding...

Special Operation Group (SOG) jawans take positions near the house where militants were hiding...

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523