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Slow-start story 'laughable' - Haddin

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March 1, 2011

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Brad Haddin survived though the ball rolled on to the stumps when he was on 16, Australia v Zimbabwe, Group A, World Cup 2011, Ahmedabad, February 21, 2011
Brad Haddin scored 29 off 66 balls against Zimbabwe © AFP
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Brad Haddin, the Australian opener, has rubbished reports that the ICC's Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) were looking into Australia's slow start in their Group A match against Zimbabwe in Ahmedabad.

"It's quite a laughable story. It's a joke," Haddin told reporters during a net session at the SSC in Colombo. "We just got off the mark a bit slowly."

Haddin and Shane Watson, the Australian openers, scored five runs in the first two overs and only 28 in the first ten. Australia eventually went on to score 262 for 6, after which their bowlers secured a 91-run victory.

The story, which was reported by Press Trust of India, was also criticised by Australian team manager Steve Bernard, who said that "it was the silliest thing I've heard this week - and I've heard a lot of silly things since I've been here".

"I've just heard the story a moment ago and I'm not sure how to respond, except to say it would make a cat laugh. It's the most ludicrous thing I've ever heard in my life that a side can be 0-5 after two overs and that that's suspicious."

The ICC said it did not comment on any ACSU matter, including whether or not a match had been investigated. In the last few years however, with the advent of spread betting, the ACSU has been on high alert to keep an eye on unusual scoring patterns. Since the spot-fixing scandal, they have been keeping tabs by monitoring a large number of matches.


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Posted by Dummy4 on (March 3, 2011, 3:18 GMT)

so ..they show against newzealands

Posted by Andrew on (March 2, 2011, 23:41 GMT)

@ZimFanatic - I agree, & why is 0/5 off 2 overs considered suspicious? Whilst I think its agreed that Zim were NEVER going to make the Semi's, they DO have QUALITY spinners & are suited to these conditions.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 2, 2011, 8:29 GMT)

ACSU should have the right to investigate everything, it is their job.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 2, 2011, 8:10 GMT)

Agreed. And I don't think that the ACSU should be publicly advising which games they look into.

Great bowling by Zim. We just got off to a slow start. It happens.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 2, 2011, 6:26 GMT)

Agree with ZimFanatic. The Zimbabwean spinners have been consistently putting the ball in the right place for the whole tournament. If only Mpofu and Chiga would do the same. I think we'll have NZ in a spin.....

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 2, 2011, 6:24 GMT)

Austrailia should have scored 115 Runs in first 10 Overs...

Posted by Waqas on (March 2, 2011, 6:08 GMT)

@ZimFanatic: Of course it was good n Australians couldn't score quickly...but think again Zim spin attack is best in the world? woww what a joke :D

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 2, 2011, 6:05 GMT)

I agree Mr. ZimFanatic. Of course the qurtet of Price, Utseya Cremer and lamb are threatening

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 2, 2011, 5:13 GMT)

agreed zimfanatic...it was a superb bowling attack from zimbabwe. why say australia didnt do well?? why not say zimbabwe were brilliant.

Posted by Ryan on (March 2, 2011, 3:12 GMT)

I'm with ZimFanatic. The Zimbabwean bowling was really good so the batting had to be really good.

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