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Are Australians Sore Losers?

There were thousands of different news articles touching on thousands more topics at the end of the last Ashes series. One that did catch my attention was a Ricky Ponting's complaint about the umpiring during the series. Ponting reserved his views on why the series was lost for his Ashes diary (read commercial publication), in which he apportioned all blame to one man and one ball.

According to Ponting, one ball during the second test match was all it took to bring down the mighty Australians. It was bowled by Brett Lee (sure, he's a decent bowler) to the one of the best batsmen in the English line-up, errr, Simon Jones. Billy Bowden's decision to award the batsmen the benefit of the doubt on that occasion earned him Ponting's ire and the infamous tag of the man who lost Australia The Ashes.

That Ponting is a hot-headed clod is of not news to us here at The Match Referee (TMR). However, we are quite disappointed that the usually irreverent and colourful Billy Bowden has chosen to shut up shop (so to speak) due to Ricky Ponting's ludicrous comments. For Ponting to blame the loss of a series on one ball and one man, that too an umpire, shows his lack of cricketing intellect. Maybe that is why he is such a poor captain.

Supporters of teams touring the Antipodean isles over the last 15-20 years have become accustomed to having to endure many an unpleasant and incorrect decision against their team. Although the Australians have generally been a class above the rest during this time, I am convinced that their superiority at home owes no small gratitude to those umpires (Australian or otherwise) who have generously helped their cause time and time again.

Visiting team and their supporters have been labeled sore losers for complaining about umpiring decisions, no matter how advantageous they may have been to the Australians during the course of a series (one Michael Holding article a few years ago comes to mind). I ask you this, have comments, like Ponting's above, led you to believe that Australian cricketers are a pack of wingeing brats/sore losers or is it a classic case of the winning side making its own luck while the losing side cries foul play?

I have my thoughts on the issue, however, I would like to know what you think.

4 comments

NiSh said...

what can you possibly say in their defence? no matter how the score goes- the losing side would always point fongers- their opponents, coaches, referee... it's always been like that sadly enough- what do you say about this?

I said...

And u call urself the match referee? Your racism, prejudice and resentment against the Aussies - and indeed the white man race - is kinda cute.

The Enigma said...

@ Nish: Absolutely. It is held, thus, that this phenomenon of complaining after losing a series does not only afflict non-Australian teams in world cricket.

@ I: I make no secret of the fact that I think the behaviour of the Australian team has been appalling in many situations over the last decade and a half. This has cast an unfortunate pall over their excellent skills and performances.

They are, undoubtedly, the most superior team in world cricket at present. I have never begrudged them this. The fact that I criticise them and openly support other teams does not make me "racist".

Your resentment of everything third world and your apparent lack of appreciation and prejudice against the region's dynamics (even though you have been born and brought up there) is more akin to one who's comments could be deemed racist and a little whiny.

As far as resentment for the "white man race". Thats a new one. You'll just have to get to know me a little better.

Just as an aside, I support the Kiwis in every game (where India is not competing) and I'm supporting the Poms during The Ashes. "Racist", did you call me?

Anonymous said...

Hi Enigma,

I absolutely agree with your thought process here: Aussies are the best team in terms of talent, determination and execution go. But thats where it end. They in fact dont even qualify as "sportspersons" according to me.

Want examples? Ricky Ponting, Glenn McGrath, Darrell Hair, what the heck..even their PM (Mr. Howard) AND their general cricket-watching public. Read more about it here http://kiransfinallyblogging.blogspot.com/2006/03/run-riot-at-wanderers.html if you are interested.

@I:, whoever that is, what has been written above is the general opinion of Indians as a whole. you are effectively calling Indians as "racist".

Perhaps you have forgotten (or are blissfully unaware) of all the racist treatment meted out to all the Asian teams in Aus..as well as the Virender Shewag "over-appealing" debacle, when Shaun pollock was given a clean chit in SA about 7-8 yrs back.

You have probably also chosen to conveniently ignore the innumerable cases where Aussies or English players have walked scot-free even after showing dissent to umpires or resorting to sledgeing to the point where its unacceptable.

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