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    Australian Crowd Abuse made me stronger - Murali

    Reveals the secret behind his recent good form
    Australian crowd abuse made me stronger - Murali

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    September 10, 2006



    Muttiah Muralitharan attributes his recent good form to the abuse that he faced during VB series in Australia this January. "If there is one thing that maybe has helped me this year it was the experience I had in Australia," Murali told Bigstarcricket website.

    "It may sound a strange thing to say as it was a very tough tour for me on and off the field, especially with the abuse we received."

    Murali was greeted with chants of 'no-ball' by Australian crowds during the series. He was first no-balled at Melbourne by umpire Darrell Hair in Sri Lanka's tour of Australia in 1995.

    "If you go through difficult times and come out the other side, you become a stronger character for it," Murali said. That's what happened to me. I like to think that I am quite strong mentally anyway. But these sort of experiences only make me more determined."

    Murali has had a phenomenal run of form the past year collecting 108 Test wickets at an average of 19.37, from 15 matches between September 2005 and August 2006. But in one-day cricket during that period, Murali has got only 36 wickets from 28 matches. "Cricket is like this, wickets can come all at once and at other times you can bowl well and maybe not receive your rewards," Murali said.

    "I am in some good form but I wouldn't say it is necessarily the best form of my career. I am just bowling well and have found some good rhythm. For the last year I have bowled well and I haven't done anything different in these series than at other times," he added.
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    Absolutely unbelievable wicket haul in the past year !!

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    What's his record in Australia like again?
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    Quote Originally Posted by JASON
    Absolutely unbelievable wicket haul in the past year !!

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    Only a bunch of convicts having been beaten 3-0 and gone 9 tests without a win and won just 1 in 11 against England could go into the home series saying they will win. England will win in Australia again this winter as they are a better side which they have shown this summer. 3-0 doesn't lie girls.

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    Am I the only person who thinks Murali probably shouldn't have gone here? And I speak as somebody supportive of him not wanting to put up with some of the more ridiculous abuse that gets thrown at him.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Slow Love™
    Am I the only person who thinks Murali probably shouldn't have gone here? And I speak as somebody supportive of him not wanting to put up with some of the more ridiculous abuse that gets thrown at him.
    I have to be honest, I were an Aussie terrace wit such talk would encourage me to raise my game on his next visit.

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    Everyone cops abuse in Australia, Tuffnell, Symcox, Cullinan, Donald have all copped it heavily, and Panesar will get shredded when he goes there this winter.. It's part and parcel of touring said country, and if Murali doesn't like it, well then he's in the wrong game
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    He will never been rated by a lot of Aussies until he performs in Tests in Australia,




    with D. Hair as umpire
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    Quote Originally Posted by archie mac
    He will never been rated by a lot of Aussies until he performs in Tests in Australia,




    with D. Hair as umpire
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    Quote Originally Posted by Slow Love™
    Am I the only person who thinks Murali probably shouldn't have gone here? And I speak as somebody supportive of him not wanting to put up with some of the more ridiculous abuse that gets thrown at him.
    Yeah but on the other hand Sit would have been a big blow for the Sri Lankans mentally if he didn't come and he probably didn't want to be shirking his responsibility and by not touring it would mean that the crowds have won.

    I agree it is pretty ridiculous, but generally when these morons get drunk their IG usually drops by about 50 points anyway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Langeveldt
    Everyone cops abuse in Australia, Tuffnell, Symcox, Cullinan, Donald have all copped it heavily, and Panesar will get shredded when he goes there this winter.. It's part and parcel of touring said country, and if Murali doesn't like it, well then he's in the wrong game
    non of them were abused like Murali.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Langeveldt
    Everyone cops abuse in Australia, Tuffnell, Symcox, Cullinan, Donald have all copped it heavily, and Panesar will get shredded when he goes there this winter.. It's part and parcel of touring said country, and if Murali doesn't like it, well then he's in the wrong game
    I think Panesar will be shredded if he makes mistakes in the field.

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