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Last Updated: Friday, 3 February 2006, 10:15 GMT
Murali frustrated by Aussie jibes
Muttiah Muralitharan
Murali has had a tough time with Aussie fans over the years
Sri Lanka have expressed frustration at the continued heckling of Muttiah Muralitharan by Australian spectators.

The off-spinner has been greeted by chants of "no-ball" when he runs in to bowl - a reference to his action.

One man had the words painted across his chest at a VB Series game against South Africa in Perth on Tuesday.

Team manager Michael Tissera said: "We are cheesed off that this abuse keeps going on. There's nothing we can do and the player is thoroughly frustrated."

Muralitharan was photographed responding to the man in Perth with a one-fingered gesture.

On Friday, the International Cricket Council said the bowler would be given an "unofficial reprimand" over the incident even though it noted there had been "substantial provocation".

The 33-year-old, who is second in the list of all-time Test wicket-takers with 584 - was no-balled for allegedly throwing seven times during the 1995 Boxing Day Test in Melbourne.

Subsequent scientific tests cleared him of any serious breach but Aussie Prime Minister John Howard called him a chucker, while barracking from crowds there has continued.

He refused to go on the 2004 tour and says he only returned for this year's VB Series to thank Australians for their response to the Asian tsunami disaster in December 2004.


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