Warne accused of 'negative' bowling

PTI | ByAgence France-Presse, Brisbane
Nov 19, 2004 06:49 PM IST

Umpire Aleem Dar accused Shane Warne of 'negative bowling' as he attempted to stifle Oram's scoring with deliveries down the leg side.

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.

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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.

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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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