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    Beautiful moments on the cricket field

    In light of the slight increase in bashing and negativity on the forum of late, I've decided we'll have a positive thread to balance the ledger, so to speak. So I want to hear about beautiful moments on the cricket field in international competitions you've seen and discuss the ones below. That's all.

    Three examples:

    2000 - Shoaib was treated horribly by the ICC and Australian media during the Pakistani tour here. When he was finally approved to play in the opening match at the 'Gabba, he bowled his first over and (I think) picked up a wicket or at least bowled a couple of decent deliveries. When he waslked to fine-leg, the crowd there gave him a sympathetic round of applause as a sort-of "Good on you for coming through." gesture. Shoaib acknowledged the crowd with a prayer salute and mouthed "Thank you" to them.

    2000 - Justin Langer was walking off having just been dimissed for 127 against Pakistan in Hobart with Australia only a few runs from victory. Langer and Gilchrist (in only his second Test, no less) led Australia to a famous victory against a strong Pakistani side and his Dad applauded him all the way off. As he neared the player's walkway, his Dad came over and gave him a big hug and kiss as he walked into the dressingroom and then, in true Aussie Dad fashion, walked off as if nothing had happened. Priceless.

    2003 - Kenya in every wicket they took in their win against Sri Lanka in the 2003 WC, were dancing for joy literally, especially since Collins Obuya was the one taking most of the wickets. It was amazing to see them go into a huddle after every wicket and 'bounce' for joy. Realistically, Kenya were a joy to watch in the WC in general, especially considering the boycotts going on, Warnie's positive drug test, etc. The tournament was ripe for an underdog team to do well (or at least compete) and Kenya filled the breach.

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    2001 - India v Australia, Kolkata, after VVS Laxman notched up a 200 then his 250, every Australian went up to him and shook his hand and gave him a good pat on the back. A great gesture

    2002 - India v England, after saving the test match for India, 17 year old Parthiv Patel was given a standing ovation by the crowd and Nasser Hussain and Sourav Ganguly allowed this young boy to lead the two teams back into the dressing rooms.
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    Sorry Top cat, but why do you think "Shoaib was treated horribly by the ICC and Australian media during the Pakistani tour" in 2000?
    I fail to see the argument for that statement.

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    Sorry Top cat, but why do you think "Shoaib was treated horribly by the ICC and Australian media during the Pakistani tour" in 2000?
    I fail to see the argument for that statement.
    Being accused of throwing, being cleared and still being tainted comes readily to mind. In my mind (having studied footage of him and read the Uni of WA's report) I have no doubt he doesn't throw, yet he was vilified. Harsh, in my book.


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    Originally posted by Top_Cat
    Being accused of throwing, being cleared and still being tainted comes readily to mind. In my mind (having studied footage of him and read the Uni of WA's report) I have no doubt he doesn't throw, yet he was vilified. Harsh, in my book.
    Oh well, fair enough. I thought he had to do some 'remedial work' at the time, but nonetheless, aussie crowds can be harsh.......BTW, I still think he chucks his bouncer, but then I think Lee does too, sometimes.......I think once you've been reported and investigated as a 'chucker' there will always be a doubt in the minds of a lot of people.
    I just think it's going a bit far to say he 'was treated horribly'......but that's your opinion, fair enough. 8D

    Racking my brain to come up with some moments other than those mentioned - I might have to dig out the 'History of Australian cricket' bound to be one or two in there!!
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    A few from the Oval.

    Those 2 giants Ambrose and Walsh walking off together.

    Mike Atherton walking off for the last time. Everyone knew it was his last game, but he didn't want a big fuss, so didn't actually announce it till afterwards.

    Alec Stewart's guard of honour this summer.

    And one from Lord's

    Dickie Bird's guard of honour on the 1st morning.
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    The best one for me was at the Oval when Surrey were presenting Stewart with a special bat and Mark Nicholas said, "Alec Stewart, Surrey and England" and he got a a standing ovation and Alec almost started crying, could see it meant a lot to him.

    The Dickie Bird one was also classy especially if you've read his autobiography, meant SO much to him.

    I like this thread. Good work T_C
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    good thread idea....

    one quick one and I have no idea which series...

    Wasim Akram was bowling to an English batsman in England, and David Sheperd was the Umpire. There was a loud appeal for lbw, and tv replays showed it was clearly out, but umpire Sheperd refused. Now, Pak/Eng series are always marred by allegations of partial umpiring, but at that instance, Wasim just talked with Sheperd briefly to inquire the reason and without any dissent agreed with Sheperd and walked off for the next delivery. Shows the amount of respect Wasim had for Sheperd as an umpire. Sheperd has lost his knack with age, but at one time I would have preferred Sheperd and Dickie Bird do the umpiring over even Pak umpires for an important Pak game. They were so impartial and competent.

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    Oh come now Roy - Pakistani umpires have always been the best in the world..........ask Dennis Lillee on hitting Javed plumb in front for the 18th time in an innings in Pakistan, Lillee finally lost his cool and demanded to know why THAT wasn't out - the umpire, who shall for now remain nameless (due to a faulty memory) said "Mr.Lillee, you hit the wickets with the ball, and then I shall give Javed out".........

    Mike Gatting may have a comment or two about umpires in Pakistan too..........

    BTW, I know Roy wasn't referring to Pakistani umpires specifically, it just reminded me of that story.........

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    Originally posted by PY
    The best one for me was at the Oval when Surrey were presenting Stewart with a special bat
    Is that the bat with the spelling mistakes on?

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    I have to back a Aussie here...

    The Aussies always get stick for their behaviour on the field, but about three times now I've seen B.Lee hit a batsman badly and he always runs up a checks they are ok and give them a hand back to their feet before continuing.

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    Originally posted by Rich2001
    I have to back a Aussie here...

    The Aussies always get stick for their behaviour on the field, but about three times now I've seen B.Lee hit a batsman badly and he always runs up a checks they are ok and give them a hand back to their feet before continuing.
    And giving them another short one!

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    Originally posted by marc71178
    And giving them another short one!
    Well yes, his a nice feller like that

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    1. Allan Donald taking his 300th test wicket in his home town of Bloemfontein against NZ will always be special to me, he was simply awesome...

    2. Curtley Ambrose/Courtney walsh and later Alec Stewart at the oval, nuff said...

    3. Canadas Jim Davison spanking WI everywhere at Centurion Park in WC2003..
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    Steve Waugh's 100 vs England at Sydney was pretty speical

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