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MELBOURNE---England s James
Taylor was stranded two runs short
of a century against Australia at the
World Cup yesterday due to an
umpiring decision that the Inter-
national Cricket Council later
deemed to be incorrect.
Australia was credited with a win
by 111 runs after the match ended in
bizarre circumstances when Taylor,
on 98, was adjudged lbw by umpire
Aleem Dar but had the decision over-
turned on review by the TV umpire.
Within the same incident, the
Australians also appealed for a run
out against Jimmy Anderson at the
other end, and replays showed
the No 11 was indeed short of
his ground. On-field umpires
Dar and Kumar Dharmasena then
ruled that Anderson was out---and
the match over---despite protests
from Taylor, who suggested it should
have been a dead-ball situation as
soon as the initial lbw decision was
Chasing Australia s 342-9, England
was all out for 231 in the 42nd over.
The ICC issued a clarification more
than an hour after the match, saying
it had reviewed the decision on the
run out and agreed it should have
been a dead ball under the circum-
"Following Australia s 111-run vic-
tory over England ... the Playing
Control Team (PCT) met and
reviewed the final ball of the game
which resulted in James Anderson
being given run out," the statement
said, highlighting the section of the
rules which was wrongly interpreted.
"The Decision Review System (DRS)
Playing Conditions states that the
ball should have been deemed dead
when the batsman (James Taylor)
was given out lbw. No further runs
or dismissals were possible.
"The PCT spoke to the England
team management and acknowledges
that the game ended incorrectly and
an error was made."
However, the result was beyond
doubt at that stage, with four-time
champion Australia in complete con-
trol of the game and needing only
one wicket to secure the victory in
front of 84,000 fans at the Mel-
bourne Cricket Ground.
Aaron Finch, who scored 135 in
Australia s big first-innings total,
admitted there was confusion at the
end of the game.
"I had no idea what was going on,"
Finch told a post-match news con-
ference, held before the ICC clarified
the decision. "We appealed for an
lbw. We appealed for a run out. We
would have taken anything at the
"I still don t know the rule to be
honest. Maybe it was a dead ball,
but I haven t seen the rule." (AP)
Umpiring error deprives Taylor of century
England's James Taylor stops running as Umpire Aleem Dar gives out England's James Anderson during their
Cricket World Cup pool A match against Australia Melbourne in Melbourne, Australia, yesterday. AP PHOTO
CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand---
New Zealand police ejected sev-
eral men from the opening match
of the Cricket World Cup between
New Zealand and Sri Lanka for
what they suspect were prohib-
ited betting activities.
An International Cricket Council
spokesman confirmed later yes-
terday to Fairfax Media that at least
one man was evicted from Hagley
Oval for "using his communication
devices to provide match infor-
mation to people outside this
Police said plain clothes officers
mingled with the 17,000 crowd,
on the lookout for "betting cheats"
who were making excessive use of
laptops or mobile phones. The
operation was part of a crackdown
on courtsiding or pitchsiding in
which gamblers take advantage of
broadcasting delays to gain an
advantage over sports bookmak-
ers.Fairfax Media said police
observed a group for about ten
minutes, near the end of New
Zealand s innings, before detectives
led the men away for questioning.
They were taken to a police tent
at the ground where they were
interviewed before being ejected.
The ICC spokesman was quoted
as saying "We ve got systems in
place and these systems are work-
ing. We all know there s a problem
and we re dealing with the problem
the best we can."
Court-siding is not illegal in
New Zealand but does breach
terms under which spectators are
permitted to attend games. (AP)
on gamblers at
World Cup opener ADELAIDE, Australia---Ahmed Shehzad s tumul-
tuous start to his international cricket career
is about to move to another level.
The 23-year-old Shehzad is set to start for
Pakistan in its World Cup opener against archrival
and defending champion India in Adelaide today,
an encounter that local organisers say will attract
the biggest TV audience ever for a cricket match.
He was hit on the right forearm by a pace
bowler during a practice session this week, but
passed a fitness test Saturday and was expected
to take his place at the top of the order in a
match Pakistan is desperate to win to end an
extraordinary World Cup losing streak against
He ll have extra responsibility in the absence
of veteran Mohammad Hafeez, who was ruled
out of the tournament with a calf muscle injury.
"You could say he s a match winner. He could
really turn the game," Pakistan skipper Misbah-
ul-Haq said of Shehzad. "So we ll be really happy
to have him in the squad because he got that
sort of flair and that sort of, you could say,
positive attitude that he could rise to the occasion
and play a really good innings. He s an important
player for us."
Shehzad has scored a century and two half-
centuries in his last six one-day international
innings. He has averaged almost 35 in 58 ODIs,
scoring six centuries. But he has never played
an ODI in Australia, and has only played India
once in the format.
His first trip to the World Cup could best be
described as a learning experience---he played
five matches during the 2011, all in Sri Lanka,
scoring one on debut against Kenya and posting
a highest score of 13.
Since then he has established himself in the
team, and had to grow into the job.
Last year, he was cautioned by the Pakistan
Cricket Board for violating his central contract
by making religious remarks to Sri Lanka player
In November, he was ordered to rest for three
weeks after being hit in the head during a test
series against New Zealand, a serious setback
only a few months out from the World Cup.
Pakistan has never beaten India in a World
Cup match, losing all five back to the first head-
to-head at the showpiece event in 1992.
Misbah said most of his players won t be both-
ered by that record, or the absence of some senior
players who are missing the tournament due to
"It is about pressure and it is about the dressing
room and what you are thinking about this game.
You need to be really positive in these sorts of
pressure games, and that s how you can really
perform well," Misbah said. "Obviously senior
players, experienced players and good performers
are key to your team s success ... (but) you should
just focus on what you ve got, and you need to
believe that whatever you ve got, that is the best."
Shehzad has vowed to score plenty of runs in
a bid to send his skipper Misbah and senior bats-
man Younis Khan off with a World Cup.
"I want to win the World Cup and dedicate
it to Misbah and Younis Khan," Shehzad said
before leaving for Australia. (AP)
Shehzad passes fitness test, ready to go at World Cup
HAMILTON, New Zealand---While his South Africa
lineup is an overwhelming favorite to open its
World Cup campaign with a win over Zimbawe,
captain AB de Villiers knows the danger that the
likes of Brendan Taylor can pose because the
pair have a personal rivalry stretching back two
Zimbabwe, for its part, is hoping it can continue
the form that helped it cruise to victory over Sri
Lanka in a warm-up match this week.
A win today over its much larger African neigh-
bor, which overshadows Zimbabwe not only in
sports but also in politics and wealth, would be
especially savored by the nation of 14 million.
Zimbabwe has beaten South Africa only twice
in 37 one-day international matches dating back
With one match finishing without a result,
that s given South Africa a daunting 94 per cent
win rate. Yet the rivalry remains fierce between
the only two African nations in the tournament.
"They re a dangerous side," de Villiers said Sat-
urday. "They ve come a long way and I think
they re under good leadership at the moment from
the captain and the coach. So definitely a side to
be reckoned with."
De Villiers said he believes he first played Taylor,
now a close friend, in a match for under 11-year-
"He s just always been that thorn in the side
for us, growing up," de Villiers said. "And he s still
a great, great player and he s done so well in his
career. So lots of credit to him. We are well aware
of his capabilities."
Taylor scored 63 this week and Hamilton
Masakadza posted 117 in a warm-up match as
Zimbabwe easily overtook Sri Lanka s 279, with
seven wickets and four overs to spare. Captain
Elton Chigumbura said the win gave his team a
boost, particularly because the top-order batsmen
performed so well.
"It gives us a lot of confidence," he said. "It
gives us a lot of the belief that we do need as a
team, that it s possible to beat a big team."
Zimbabwe s bowlers also performed well in
another World Cup warm-up match, reducing
New Zealand to 157-7 before the match was called
off due to rain.
Chigumbura said he could understand why peo-
ple considered Zimbabwe a minor team these
days, given some of its poor results in recent years.
Zimbabwe, which has produced some upset
results at World Cups, has only managed to bowl
out South Africa four times in ODIs, and one of
those was at a World Cup game in 1999. The
other times were in 1995 and twice more in August
South Africa to play Zimbabwe in personal rivalry
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