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8th Nov 2001, 12:16
Is Daryl H blind or just one-eyed?? :eek: :(

8th Nov 2001, 12:46
You mean for giving Mark Waugh out for a duck....... :confused: :rolleyes: :eek: :D

9th Nov 2001, 12:22
Oh no, you probably mean this one? :rolleyes: :eek: ;) :D

Umpire admits lbw error

From our wire services

UMPIRE Daryl Harper has virtually admitted letting Australian opener Justin Langer off the hook during the controversial start to the Test series against New Zealand.

While the rain fell on a bleak second day in Brisbane, Harper indicated he may have erred by not giving Langer out LBW yesterday to the fifth ball of the match.

He turned down a disbelieving New Zealand and Langer went on to make 104 during a partnership of 224 with Matthew Hayden.

"Unfortunately there are a lot of things in cricket, whether you're a batsman, bowler, fielder or umpire, that you would like to pass over and move on to the next delivery - it looks like that was one of them," Harper told ABC Radio.

"I don't think you need to be a Rhodes Scholar to have a look at the replay and see what happened."

The replay left no doubt that Langer should have been sent packing.

Chris Cairns arrowed the fifth ball into his back pad, preventing it from crashing into the stumps.

Instead, Langer was allowed to lay the platform for an Australian first innings total which zoomed towards 500 between rain breaks today.

Harper is regarded as one of the most likeable Australian umpires, but that reputation won't ease the pain of a New Zealand team which was robbed of a lightning start to the series.

The West Indies were privately unhappy with the umpiring last season, even though they were comprehensively outplayed by Steve Waugh's Australians.

The tourists kept a mental count of the number of dubious decisions during the series, and they were on the receiving end.

The Kiwis are now 1-0 down in this year's count, and that first decision could prove costly.

3 Holer
11th Nov 2001, 15:28
Harper's only mistake was admitting he made a mistake.