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Australian media backs Indian team

The media criticises the behaviour of the home team and says Bucknor and Benson should be called to account for their poor umpiring.

cricket Updated: Jan 08, 2008 03:38 IST

The beleaguered Indian cricket team got support from unexpected quarters with the Australian media terming the behaviour of their own players as "unacceptable" and calling the standard of umpiring as poor which left a bitter taste in the mouth.

In an unexpected show of solidarity, the Australian media rallied behind the Indian team, saying poor umpiring proved to be their nemesis and the least they deserved was a draw.

The Australian national newspaper criticised the behaviour of the home team and said Steve Bucknor and Mark Benson should be called to account for their poor umpiring.

"It is shameful this splendid test match, won in such a remarkable fashion by the indomitable Australians, has left such a bitter taste," wrote Mike Coward, veteran cricket writer.

"The standard of play often was outstanding and occasionally exceptional but the standard of player behaviour was questionable and, at times, unacceptable. And the standard of umpiring was poor.

"Test cricket is not robust enough these days to withstand these failings and the protagonists and umpires Steve Bucknor, in particular, and Mark Benson should be called to account," he said.

Peter Roebuck was more stinging in his write-up for the Sydney Morning Herald, saying only "rabid nationalist" would relish such a "rotten contest."

"India has been dudded. No one with the slightest enthusiasm for cricket will take the least satisfaction from the victory secured by the local team ... That entertained spectators, provided some excellent batting but left a sour taste in the mouth," wrote Roebuck.