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Thursday, January 04, 2007

...gnomes will never harm me? Not if you're Justin Langer or Cricket Australia

How pathetic. Cricket Australia has taken offence at Cricinfo for allowing some posts on its website which refer to Justin Langer as a gnome.

I can't find a reference to the incident(s) on either party's website, nor on the ABC's, where Peter Roebuck during his commentary stint this morning IMO quite rightly chided CA for blowing the whole thing out of proportion.

Other media coverage is a bit sketchy (are they frightened of falling foul of Cricket Australia?), though I've found reports on The Australian , The Age and News of the World websites, the last of which summarises the situation most succinctly:

Respected cricket website cricinfo has been hauled over the coals for referring to Langer as a "gnome" in their online commentary.

The remark was meant tongue in cheek and the angry reaction from the home side's press department is way over the top.

Can't Langer take a bit of ribbing? For someone who has gone on record about the "badges of honour" bruises which he's received from fast bowlers he sounds very sensitive. If he is, then he's obviously not heard the Barmy Army's scurrilous chant about him and which I heard during the Adelaide Test. I could understand it if he was offended by that.

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