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Hogg to invoke spirit of Edmund Hillary to clear himself

cricket Updated: Jan 14, 2008 04:00 IST

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Australian cricketer Bradd Hogg, in the thick of controversy for allegedly abusing skipper Anil Kumble and keeper MS Dhoni, will invoke the spirit of a remark made by late mountaineer Sir Edmund Hillary when he seeks to clear himself of the charge at a hearing by ICC in Melbourne on Monday.

Hogg will argue that he meant no malice, in the same way that Hillary had famously quipped after coming down from the summit of Mount Everest "we knocked the b....D" off", Australian newspaper Daily Telegraph said on Sunday.

The Aussie spinner is expected to say that he meant no malice when he hurled abuses at Kumble and Dhoni during a tumultuous final day of the controversy-marred second Test in Sydney, it said.

Hogg's defence team will apparently consider using Hillary's line as an example of the word being used in a non-racial sense, the newspaper said.

The Australian spinner will have team manager Steve Bernard by his side when he is interviewed by match referee Mike Procter.

Cricket Australia legal affairs manager Dean Kino, a qualified lawyer, has been in charge of Hogg's overall case.

Hogg was on Sunday was his usual bubbly self at the Australian team training at the WACA Ground.

If found guilty, Hogg faces a ban of between two and four Tests.

But he is unlikely to play in the third Test anyway, because Australia is set to unleash Shaun Tait in a four-man pace battery.

Australian batsman Michael Clarke said on Saturday that Hogg had the full support of the team.

The man tipped to be Australia's future captain also said the heated events of the past week had well and truly shown that racism was not accepted in the sport.

"The one thing that I have been taught coming up in international cricket is that racism is not allowed in our game. End of story," Clarke said.

"I think that's why the ICC, Cricket Australia, BCCI, when we were in India, they dealt with the stuff off the field by spectators", he said.

"We see in Australia now how strong the Australians have been in letting spectators know that it's not appropriate and will not be accepted", Clarke added.