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Warne accused of 'negative' bowling

Umpire Aleem Dar accused Shane Warne of 'negative bowling' as he attempted to stifle Oram's scoring with deliveries down the leg side.
PTI | By Agence France-Presse, Brisbane
UPDATED ON NOV 19, 2004 06:49 PM IST

Australia's spin-king Shane Warne said he didn't expect to be punished after an exchange with Pakistan umpire Aleem Dar during the first Test against New Zealand on Friday.

The leading Test wicket-taker was called for two wides which Dar interpreted as 'negative bowling' as he attempted to stifle Kiwi century-maker Jacob Oram's scoring with deliveries down the leg-side.

The Kiwi all-rounder top scored with a blistering unbeaten 126 in his team's first innings of 353 to put the Aussies under pressure on the second day.

"I was trying to bowl a slow top-spinner wide of leg-stump so he (Oram) could top-edge a sweep, because he likes to sweep and the umpire said it was negative bowling so he 'wided' me," Warne said.

"I thought the first one was a little bit wide but the second one I didn't think it was a wide so I asked him 'is that negative, is it?' and he said 'you look after your job and I'll worry about mine', so I said 'no problem'."

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