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Glenn McGrath, that paragon of Aussie on-field virtues, got into a nasty spat (not literally, allegedly he did that a few years ago with Robert Samuels) with Ramnaresh Sarwan on the 4th day of the last Test. The West Indians were mounting a brave assault on the target of 418. At stake for them was avoiding a series whitewash and getting a record winning chase total. At stake for the Aussies was the first ever whitewash of the West Indies. Sparks were bound to fly. They already had, over the past three days, especially when Lara came to the crease. The Aussie pack of wolves all came upto Brian and conveyed their belated birthday wishes, or so we'd like to think.
I think McGrath and Sarwan had a go at each other midway through Sarwan's knock, before he had made his superb century. McGrath suddenly rushed towards Sarwan, finger wagging (in Shakoor Rana style), inquiring about which of Sarwan's fathers was present at the ground (perhaps?) and soon the rest of the Aussies joined in. McGrath apparently was furious because Sarwan had said something about Jane McGrath, who is just recovering from a second bout of cancer. The Aussies (Gilchrist, iirc) said that Sarwan had uttered a personal remark at Glenn's wife and that is the reason he blew his top.
Is this yet another case of one rule for the Aussies, one for others? When McGrath inquires Sourav Ganguly about Nagma during the Calcutta Test of THAT series in 2001, it is not a personal remark. It is part of mental disintegration, eh?
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