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Sledging much worse in Australia: Thorpe

England batsman Graham Thorpe said sledging during their ongoing Test series against Sri Lanka was nothing compared to that in Australia.

india Updated: Dec 12, 2003 19:15 IST

England batsman Graham Thorpe said Friday sledging during their ongoing Test series against Sri Lanka was nothing compared to that in Australia.

"It's probably much worse in Australia to be honest," Thorpe said a day after match referee Clive Lloyd reprimanded the teams for bad behaviour.

"There are quite a few of us in the dressing room who have taken plenty of stick off certain cricket teams over the years and we kept our mouths shut about it," said Thorpe.

England's only previous Test tour of Sri Lanka two years ago had seen some tense moments and on Thursday the home side complained to the match referee about Nasser Hussain, England's captain on that tour.

Lloyd summoned the former skipper after the second day's play, only to let him off because of "lack of conclusive evidence" after he allegedly called Sri Lankan spinner Muttiah Muralitharan "a cheat and a chucker".

The match referee further warned both teams that he would come down strictly on any other incident during the series.

Thorpe said too much was being made of the episode.

"It's been going on for years. A little bit of chat. It's no big deal really. There is a little bit of gamesmanship, otherwise it would be boring out there," he said.

Thorpe felt that at times players made things look much worse than they really were.

"It's like trying to get players sent off in football. Waving your hand at a referee telling him to yellow or red card a player. You don't need to do it. That's not sportsmanship in my view," he said.

"It's important that players know where the line is and if it's stepped over then I think the match referee will always step in," said Thorpe, a veteran of 82 Tests.

Thorpe played a major role in England's 2-1 triumph here two years ago scoring 269 runs in the three-Test series.

First Published: Dec 12, 2003 19:15 IST