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Last Updated: Sunday, 6 January 2008, 12:04 GMT
India fume at Aussies and umpires
Ricky Ponting tells Sourav Ganguly he is out
Ponting 'gave out' Ganguly with the umpires in some confusion
India have hit out at the umpiring and Australia's sportsmanship after their defeat in the second Test in Sydney.

Andrew Symonds survived despite nicking behind on day one, while Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly controversially fell on day five after Australian appeals.

Manager Chetan Chauhan said: "The board is protesting so incompetent umpires do not umpire in the rest of the series."

Fuming skipper Anil Kumble added: "Only one team was playing within the spirit of the game, that's all I can say."

I've played my cricket sincerely and honestly - I expect that from the Australians as well

Anil Kumble

But Kumble was seething about the perceived injustices meted out to his team, who were defeated by 122 runs after losing their last three wickets in the penultimate over.

Australia were 134-6 in their first innings when Symonds, on 30 at the time, got a thick edge to Ishant Sharma.

The all-rounder later admitted he was out but West Indian umpire Steve Bucknor ruled in his favour at the time and he went on to make an unbeaten 162.

On a dramatic final day, Dravid was going well on 38 when Symonds and his team-mates vociferously claimed the Indian stalwart had edged behind - even though replays showed no contact with the ball.

Ganguly had made 51 when Michael Clarke insisted he had cleanly taken a diving catch. His word and that of skipper Ricky Ponting was taken despite the umpires not having a good view of the incident.

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It clearly agitated Kumble, whose team are now 2-0 down in the four-Test series.

"I've played my cricket sincerely and honestly. That's the approach my team takes on the field and I expect that from the Australians as well," he said.

"We had decided that we will be honest and when a catch is taken the player says he's taken it, the captain nods his head and the umpire gives him out."

Chauhan says the players have lost confidence in Bucknor and English umpire Mark Benson.

"The team is agitated and upset. A lot of decisions have gone against us. Of course, a few went against the Australians also but it really affected us," he said.

"We're not saying this because we have lost the game. It was for everybody to see."

Sure the umpires made a few mistakes but that's the game of cricket

Ricky Ponting

Australia captain Ponting insisted there was "absolutely, no doubt about this match being played in the right spirit" and defended the umpires.

He added: "There's been one little issue that's come out of the game. Otherwise, the spirit between both teams in both Tests has been excellent.

"I'm not going to sit here and talk about umpiring decisions because if I do I'll find myself in hot water.

"All I'll say about the umpires is that they're out there like me trying to do the best job that they can.

"Sure, they made a few mistakes, but that's the game of cricket."



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