Justin Langer: it’s a game, not war

Found via Cricinfo:

“You’ve still got to have the courtesy to say: ‘Are you all right mate? You OK?’ I said to a number of their players: ‘This isn’t a war, this is a game’.”

Justin Langer after Ricky Ponting was hit in the cheek by Steve Harmison on the first morning at Lord’s. Ponting’s cut from the grille of his helmet required eight stitches

The only question I’d ask would be: why? Have Glenn McGrath, Jason Gillespie, Merv Hughes, Craig McDermott and other Aussie fast bowlers of the past 15 years be known to ask after a batsman’s health or wellbeing? I didn’t think so. It was a nasty incident, but perhaps Langer forgot that England were (and still are – I refuse to be downbeat!) up for a fight on that Thursday morning, and weren’t going to bend over backwards to see if Ponting was ok.

I can’t help feeling that the Australians aren’t great at receiving bullying tactics, but they’re past-masters at dishing it out.

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