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Sri Lanka have defended Muttiah Muralitharan after comments from
a former umpire rekindled the long-running debate about the spinner's
Retired Australian umpire Ross Emerson upset the Sri Lankans by
suggesting in a newspaper article that Muralitharan's action had
got worse in the last few years.
And he suggested that umpires are now too scared to no-ball the
off-spinner for fear of losing their jobs.
Emerson was one of four Australian umpires to controversially call
Murali for "chucking" in the 1990s.
"Muralitharan's action has changed since 1995 - it's got worse,"
he told Australia's Sunday Telegraph newspaper.
"But he's not worried about it because who's going to call
a bloke who has more than 400 (Test) wickets?"
Sri Lankan team manager Ajith Jayasekara reacted angrily to the
reports that surfaced as the the team prepared for the triangular
one-day VB Series in Australia.
"It didn't start from today. It started building up to this
tour. It's not justified. I think it's a campaign to discredit him,"
Muralitharan's action was cleared by the International Cricket
Council after hearing medical evidence that the bowler had a permanently
The off-spinner, who currently has 437 Test and 297 one-day international
wickets, will not compete in the VB Series until January, as he
is recovering from a hernia operation.
Meanwhile, Sri Lankan captain Sananth Jayasuriya refused to panic
despite crashing to a 102-run defeat against Australia A on Saturday.
"It was just a practice game for us and getting used to these
conditions in Australia," he said.
"When we are playing Australia the conditions always favour
them and they are playing well at the moment.
"I think they're the best side at the moment - most of the
batsmen are in good nick and the bowlers are hitting the ball all
the time in the right areas," he said.
Sri Lanka play their first match of the tournament against England
at the Gabba on Tuesday.
Source : BBC Online
courtesy of Prof. Ravi Goonetilleke