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Muttiah Muralitharan says he is fed up with Australia and will
never tour there again after suffering abuse from loutish fans in
Brisbane on Wednesday.
Sri Lanka's leading wicket-taker in both Tests and one-day internationals
was jeered at the Gabba as he limped off the field with a thigh
Muralitharan said he was angered by continual taunts over his bowling
action, believing sections of the crowd were laughing at him when
he injured his leg.
The incident came at the end of a day-night match which Australia
won by four wickets, but in which Murali almost triggered an unlikely
win for the tourists.
If he is true to his word, Murali may now have played his last
match in the country.
His thigh injury will keep him out for a week and Sri Lanka may
fail to make the finals of the VB Series if they are beaten by England
Murali has endured taunts about his bowling action in Australia
for the best part of a decade.
Umpire Darrell Hair called him for throwing during the second Test
in Melbourne in 1995.
Tony McQuillan and Ross Emerson did the same in a one-day game
against the West Indies in Brisbane.
The situation intensified in the 1998-99 series when Emerson no-balled
him from square-leg against England in Adelaide.
"I have been barracked since I first took to the field here
and it's something that's happened throughout my career, mostly
with Australia," said Muralitharan.
It's OK once or twice but it's been going on for seven years
"I have been disgusted with it and I feel like not touring
On Wednesday, Sri Lanka skipper Sanath Jayasuriya had to move Muralitharan
from his fielding position in the outfield because he was so affected
by the hecklers.
"They should keep their mouths shut," Muralitharan said.
"The crowd should realize that and if it's going on like that
I might not be able to come and play here anymore," he said.
"It's OK once or twice but it's been going on for seven years."
Muralitharan's calf muscle strain will be monitored for the rest
of the series as Sri Lanka warm up for the World Cup starting in
South Africa in February.
Source : BBC Online
courtesy of Prof. Ravi Goonetilleke