Aussie media lambast Wankhede wicket

Updated on Nov 06, 2004 07:20 PM IST

The Wankhede Stadium wicket was slammed as "heavily doctored" by the Aussie media which had little sympathy for their team's defeat.

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The wicket at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai was slammed as "heavily doctored" and "under-prepared" by the Australian media which nevertheless had little sympathy for their team's defeat in the fourth and final cricket Test against India.

The track was also scorned as "spiteful", "sub-standard", "dustbowl" and "stinker" in the leading dailies on Saturday but was not used as an excuse for Australia's defeat.

"Admittedly the pitch was a stinker but that does not excuse an appalling display by the world champions. Unwilling to defend and unable to attack with any semblance of reason, the Australians threw wickets away with a series of ill-advised strokes," wrote Peter Roebuck in the 'Sydney Morning Herald'.

"...The Australians made a complete hash of chasing a target that ought to have been reached for the loss of a few wickets," he said.

Australia failed to chase a paltry target of 107 as India snatched a narrow 13-run win in Mumbai on Friday.

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