May 13, 2003

ACB tells Waugh to rein in Australian team

Wisden CricInfo Staff

The heated altercation between Glenn McGrath and Ramnaresh Sarwan on the fourth day of the Antigua Test has brought forth strong reaction from the Australian Cricket Board (ACB).

James Sutherland, the ACB's chief executive, said that he spoke to Steve Waugh and both agreed that the incident bordered on inappropriate behaviour. "It's all very well to be playing the game in the right spirit when things are going your way, but if things are not going your way, that's when the real test is on. If you can't carry yourself in the true spirit of the game at those times, perhaps you need to have a good look at yourself."

The incident occurred after tea on the fourth day, with West Indies marching towards an improbable victory. McGrath swore aggressively at Sarwan in an apparent response to something that was said to him. Mike Procter, the match referee, is expected to call up the concerned players for an explanation.