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Australia coach Darren Lehmann has rejected
suggestions of talks with England to set boundaries
for acceptable sledging during the Ashes series.
His comments come a day after his counterpart
Andy Flower said he would seriously consider a meet-
ing in the aftermath of a heated Brisbane Test and
Jonathan Trott s withdrawal from the tour.
While insisting it had nothing to do with Trott s
departure due to a stress-related illness, England
were unhappy about Australian batsman David Warn-
er s public description of Trott s dismissals as "pretty
Flower stressed the importance of "playing the
game of cricket on the pitch" at the same time he
expressed hope that Trott s exit would not become
grist for the Ashes banter mill that chugged away
incessantly at the Gabba.
"I ll have a think about it," Flower said at the press
conference where Trott s departure was announced
when asked if talks with Lehmann were necessary.
"I think both sides must concentrate on playing the
game of cricket on the pitch. In a competitive way
but finding the right balance.
"I don t think Trott should be raised on the pitch.
We re there to play cricket. A balance has got to be
found on the pitch between competitiveness and not
overstepping the line."
But Lehmann was not prepared to entertain
thoughts of a meeting, saying that while he wished
Trott well in his recovery, Flower s team had offered
plenty to say to his players in Brisbane
and also during the earlier Ashes encounter
in England. Australia s players feel their
aggressive attitude in the first Test had
contributed to their victory and Lehmann
seemed in no mood to dilute it.
Warner avoided a sanction by both the
ICC and Cricket Australia for his com-
ments but has been counselled about his
words by Lehmann and team manage-
ment. He withdrew from a scheduled
radio commitment in Sydney yesterday
and his media appearances are expected
to be minimal for the rest of the series.
The tourists were far less perturbed
about Michael Clarke s threatening on-
field words to conclude a confrontation
between James Anderson and George Bai-
ley in the final minutes of the first Test,
even though their inadvertent broadcast
by Channel Nine drew an ICC fine for
Australia s captain.
James Sutherland, the CA chief exec-
utive, has meanwhile offered his own mes-
sage of support to Trott. "All the staff,
management and players at Cricket Aus-
tralia wish Jonathan Trott well," he said.
"We hope to see him fit and healthy and
back on the cricket field soon."
Lehmann rejects sledging summit
Pieter Seelar, the Netherlands left-arm spinner,
has flown home after dislocating his left shoulder
and will not take part in the quarterfinal against
UAE today. Netherlands have not named a replace-
ment considering all of the 15 men in the squad
fully fit and available for selection.
Left-arm spinner Danial Ahmed s maiden T20
five-for helped USA beat Denmark by 21 runs and
avoid a last-place finish in the World Twenty20 qual-
ifiers. USA finished the tournament on 15th place,
while Denmark finished last.
Ahmed wrapped up Denmark s middle order, trig-
gering a slide that saw them fall from 75 for 1 to 96
for 5 while chasing a target of 146. Pace bowler Imran
Awan picked up another two wickets, even as Carsten
Pedersen remained steady at one end, compiling an
unbeaten 42 off 50 balls. Three wickets fell in suc-
cessive balls in the 19th over, as Denmark finished
at 124 for 9.
Earlier, Denmark managed to keep USA to 145 for
7, in spite of a strong start from their openers Steven
Taylor and Akeem Dodson. The openers added 79
in nine overs before falling to offspinner Hamid Shah
in successive overs. A late rally from Japen Patel, who
hit 30 off 20 balls, lifted the side from 87 for 4 to
145 for 7.
A second successive fifty from David Hemp wasn t
enough to push Bermuda to victory as the team went
down by 11 runs to Uganda in Dubai. The win helped
Uganda finish on 13th place, while Bermuda finished
Chasing a target of 135, Bermuda were struggling
at 34 for 2 in the eighth over before Hemp and Janeiro
Tucker combined to add a 78-run third-wicket stand.
While the partnership stemmed the fall of wickets,
the Bermuda batsmen couldn t score quickly enough
to keep pace with the asking rate. Hemp fell for 53
at the end of the 19th over with the side still more
than 20 runs adrift.
Earlier, Uganda overcame a shaky start after they
won the toss and chose to bat. Struggling at 37 for
3, they were lifted by a 58-run partnership between
top-scorer Hamza Saleh (45) and Davis Arinaitwe.
avoid last place
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