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Sri Lankan spin wizard Muttiah Muralitharan was taunted by the
SCG crowd last night as he went close to claiming the 300th limited-overs
wicket of his career.
Making his comeback from a hernia operation, 30-year-old Muralitharan
attracted calls of "no ball" from sections of the 34,670-strong
crowd when he came on in the 22nd over of Australia's failed run
It was a carbon copy of the treatment Australian speedster Brett
Lee received in the past two Ashes Tests, when the Barmy Army also
called out "no ball".
Lee and Muralitharan have both attracted suspicion, with critics
saying they chuck and supporters saying they don't. Both claim defects
in their bowling arm gives the false impression they bend and then
straighten it at the moment of delivery.
Muralitharan moved to 298 career victims when Australia's World
Cup all-rounder Andrew Symonds (four) played an awful shot, miscuing
an attempted slog, letting go of the bat with one hand as Hashan
Tillakaratne took a simple catch.
Another of Australia's all-rounders, Brad Hogg, became victim 299
when he was stumped - not playing a shot.
Muralitharan appealed for an lbw against Andy Bichel with the final
ball of his final over, trying for 300, but umpire Simon Taufel
turned him down.
He finished his 10 overs with 2/44.
Muralitharan's best over was his seventh, a maiden to Jimmy Maher,
who had been shoved down the order to No. 8.
A collection of regulation off-breaks, top-spinners and a wrong'un
had Maher completely at a loss.
Pakistan's Wasim Akram is the leading wicket-taker in international
one-dayers with 490, followed by his countryman Waqar Younis on
409. India's leg-spinner Anil Kumble has 300 victims, with Muralitharan
the next best on 299.
Australia's most successful is Shane Warne on 288.
Source : The Age Australia