Australia v Ireland, World T20 2012, Group B, Colombo

Johnston shelves the chicken

David Hopps in Colombo

September 19, 2012

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Kevin O'Brien top scored for Ireland with 35, Australia v Ireland, World Twenty20 2012, Group B, Colombo, September 19, 2012
It was a better day for the O'Brien brothers than the Husseys - even in defeat © Associated Press

Crowd of the day

If there was a large crowd somewhere in Colombo, it wasn't at Premadasa Stadium. It might have been possible to count 1,000, but that included groundstaff, media, dancers and firework operatives. It was an afternoon match involving two non-Asian sides, one of them a minnow, on only the second night of the tournament but the empty terraces were not a sight to rouse spirits.

Ageing process of the day

Trent Johnston's second over went for 19, his suffering completed by Shane Watson's dismissive pull for six as he strayed down the leg side. Johnston is now 38, and says he still wants to help Ireland to qualify for the next 50-over World Cup, even if not necessarily play in it. He did pull off a run out, throwing out Shane Watson from short third-man, but he decided against a rendition of the chicken dance that he treated Adam Gilchrist to when he dismissed him in the 2007 World Cup.

Brothers of the day

There was no satisfaction for Australia's Hussey brothers as Mike had to make do without his younger brother, David, who was omitted despite holding the Australian record for most runs in Twenty20. At least the O'Brien brothers clubbed together to ease Ireland's pain, adding 52 in seven overs from the depths of 33 for 4 as they passed their lowest Twenty20 score in the process.

Insults of the day

Before a ball had even been bowled in Australia's reply, Ireland's wicketkeeper Gary Wilson said something to David Warner that riled him so much that he invited a confrontation. Watson walked down from the non-striker's end to intervene. Umpire Aleem Dar told Ireland's captain, William Porterfield, to get a grip.

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Posted by   on (September 20, 2012, 9:47 GMT)

Warner .... Warne ... same same but not different.

Posted by SirBobJones on (September 20, 2012, 9:25 GMT)

Was Ireland's wickie Wilson or Niall O'Brien? I would have assumed the latter, unless something's changed that I don't know about.

Posted by jmcilhinney on (September 20, 2012, 5:26 GMT)

I think that the verbals started with Australia and the fact that they felt the need to do so indicates to me that they did not like being ranked below Ireland, whether the ranking was deserved or not. If they felt that it wasn't then I don't really see why they couldn't just leave it to their cricket to make the statement. Not quite sure why sportsmen from any country have to descend to schoolyard tactics instead of just getting on with the game. Sledging really is just petty. It seems that sometimes winning is just a way to prove that your sledging was justified and theirs wasn't. Someone asked recently why the umpires have to get involved rather than just letting men be men. The answer is to stop men being children.

Posted by Buckshotben71 on (September 20, 2012, 3:08 GMT)

@ Jonesy2 I would say that Mathew Scarlett had a small victory against Hayden ballantyne.

Posted by Mad_Hamish on (September 20, 2012, 1:34 GMT)

Celticknife, I didn't see anything suggesting that Warner made any complaint to the umpire and the article here doesn't mention it. It might be that the umpire felt that Warner's comments were acceptable but O'Brien's crossed the line (or it might have had something to do with O'Brien running up to Warner while Warner was commenting from his fielding position). I don't see any reason to believe that Alem Dar or Dharmasena would be biased towards Australia over Ireland in terms of accepting behaviour

Posted by PFEL on (September 20, 2012, 0:52 GMT)

Honestly i think everyone knows the rankings are a joke in this form of the game. Australia have as big a chance of winning this tournament as anyone, and personally i would count them as favourites along side South Africa and India.

Posted by Celticknife on (September 19, 2012, 22:36 GMT)

So Warner can dish out sledging from backwards point with impunity, but as soon as he gets it back he cries to the umpires who immediately take his side. Typical cricket.

Posted by sloggingintheinnercircle on (September 19, 2012, 22:20 GMT)

@X.2. Very classy, but it was 2 lowly-ranked teams competing you see. A rivalry in the fans eyes maybe hahaha !!

Posted by jonesy2 on (September 19, 2012, 14:23 GMT)

find it funny when teams get into the verbals with warner, not only will he smash you all round the park but he would be one of those chaps who just keeps ticking keeps spitting out new material. if anyone follows the AFL, hayden ballantyne is the exact same. cant win against him either way.

Posted by X.2. on (September 19, 2012, 14:04 GMT)

bye bye ireland see you next tyme

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David Hopps David Hopps joined ESPNcricinfo as UK editor early in 2012. For the previous 20 years he was a senior cricket writer for the Guardian and covered England extensively during that time in all Test-playing nations. He also covered four Olympic Games and has written several cricket books, including collections of cricket quotations. He has been an avid amateur cricketer since he was 12, and so knows the pain of repeated failure only too well. The pile of untouched novels he plans to read, but rarely gets around to, is now almost touching the ceiling. He divides his time between the ESPNcricinfo office in Hammersmith and his beloved Yorkshire.
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