Bangladeshi send-off gets tongues wagging

Chittagong: The line between what is and isn’t acceptable behaviour on a cricket field is again in question after Bangladesh’s Nasir Hossain gave a cheeky send-off to ‘s Pat Cummins on day three at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium.
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lost 6/78 as the Tigers limited the tourists’ first innings lead on a rain-affected day, with 9/377 in their first innings at stumps, leading Bangladesh by 72 with two days to play.

One of the men to fall in ‘s collapse was Cummins, who was adjudged lbw to spinner Mehedi Hasan after the hosts reviewed an initial not out decision from umpire Nigel Llong.

When Llong raised his finger to send Cummins on his way, so too did Nasir, who was standing next to the umpire and almost in sync with the official.

The ICC are not expected to sanction Nasir. Speaking after play, n vice-captain David Warner – who completed his second century of the series on Wednesday, said he hadn’t seen the incident.

“I wasn’t watching, so I don’t know much about that. It’s one for obviously the umpires to look at and deem if it was a send-off or not. From my past track records I know that the heat can get to you sometimes. I’m not making excuses for him, but yeah,” Warner said.

Warner was eventually out for 123, but was also involved in the runout of Peter Handscomb for 82, with the Victorian caught short following a direct hit from Shakib Al Hasan, having retreated from what would have been Warner’s 100th run.

Warner lauded Handscomb’s selflessness.

“As I said to him in the change rooms, it’s one of those things where you try and help your teammate out,” Warner said.

“We did speak about it between the overs to suggest ??? he said to me, ‘I’m looking for it’. It’s one of those great pieces of fielding – they were very close. I knew that they were close and my ‘no’ probably wasn’t early enough. It was quite tough to actually look and then say, ‘no’. It was very selfless of him.”

Cummins was the third n wicket in succession to fall following a DRS review, with Matthew Wade (eight) and Glenn Maxwell (38) both removed after unsuccessful challenges.

Warner said the DRS remained a challenging part of the game for his team to master.

“I think once you get down the the tail end and you’ve got your last sort of batters in, you tend to just use it, and I think that’s where the boys messed up last game,” he said.

“It’s about cricket awareness and we always talk about these things when you’re out there. You’ve got to be close enough as well at the other end, and try to be in line as much as you can. With umpire’s call playing a big role in that, if he gives you out it’s quite challenging to turn that over. So that’s always in the back of your mind, especially when you’re given out lbw, and in these conditions it’s quite challenging as well. Umpires might make mistakes and you as a batsman are definitely going to make mistakes as well, so it’s not an easy job for either or. It can be quite challenging in these conditions definitely, when you’re trying to pick out when to do your DRS.”

Rain could still play a part in the match after the first session was washed out on Wednesday, with downpours forecast for both Thursday and Friday. But Warner remained upbeat about his side’s chances of levelling the series with a win, suggesting that the wicket was holding up well.

“Well it’s crucial that we try and put as many runs on the board as possible. I wouldn’t say the wicket is deteriorating, there’s a little bit of rough out there created from the bowlers,” Warner said.

“The middle of the wicket is still nice and true. But as the spinners do, they’ll work what they need to do and hit those rough areas. But it’s upon the batsmen obviously to work out what they want to do, if you want to sweep, if you want to lunge forward and negate that. There’s going to be plans both sides.”

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