Originally Posted by BoyBrumby
I think most captains (assuming they aren't at the crease) would send out the 12th man with some gloves or A. N. Other suitable pretext to the bloke on the verge of his milestone and tell him he's got X balls/overs before time is called.
Just seems a bit spiteful if not. It is a team game, but personal milestones do matter.
Atherton had some element of mitigating circumstances; he'd been accused - by the Ian Chappell brigade, naturally
- of negative thinking in the previous Test. He was, hence, determined to give-off a let's-try-for-the-win mentality. He realised, not very long after, that this was a mistake, as he realised 4 years later that he was mistaken to get sucked-in by perceived "Australianisms" when he played barely half-fit through most of The Ashes 1998\99. That series more than any other has tainted his legacy and it's such a shame it happened.