From Crash Craddock comes this, Replays Confirm Errors, in which the last paragraph states:
A better decision by Tiffin was Ricky Ponting's LBW to a ball that hit him on the line of off-stump. It was a tight call, but Tiffin appeared to get it right....for once.
Wrong! It would have been right in a test match where every close call was given the nod, but not in a match where close calls had been routinely ignored. The fact that the only other LBW's given were completely wrong just proves that the umps had no idea.
From Jon Pierik comes the article Matt The Bash which reports:
Matthew Hayden faced a fine last night after smashing a glass panel on the dressingroom door as world champions Australia looked set to lose their first home game in four years.
The question must be asked. Why the hell is there a big glass pane in the dressing room door? What about Nasser Hussain and his comprehensive destruction of a pair of crutches in Perth?
From the same article, but missing online, comes news that Adam Gilchrist was fined for dissent. When compared with Nasser Hussain this is a bizarre decision. According to Hussain he was never out. Every time he was given out he gesticulated, frowned, glowered and stared at the umpires. This is even more ridiculous when one considers that by my count he�d been the beneficiary of eight, yes EIGHT, incorrect umpiring decisions during the series.
On the next page is a small item headed, Caddick: Aussies No Show:
Cocky England paceman Andy Caddick says Australia has no chance of winning the Fifth Test. "I expect to win this game."
Cocky? Why? He sounds like Dean "Dead Rubber" Jones.
Also from Jon Pierik comes the item Proteas Seize No.1 Ranking after Sarth Efrica became the top ranked cricket nation:
"We are the champions" bellowed out around the Newlands Ground as Shaun Pollock and his team celebrated. "It's a reward for a lot of hard work," said Pollock.
To paraphrase pundits and noted Aussie baiters Tony Greig, Peter Roebuck and Jonathon Agnew - "The rankings are stupid!" Even Nasser Hussain sarcastically added; "If we got flogged here, we're gonna get murdered by South Africa" before adding Michael Vaughan is a "Seexxy batsman".