Decision to call off match is defended; 'Brave' umpires are backed by Collingwood.CAPTAIN Paul Collingwood Paul David Collingwood MBE (born 26 May 1976), is an English cricketer. He is a regular member of the England Test side and captain of the One-Day International team. He is also vice-captain of his county, Durham County Cricket Club. praised a "brave" decision by the umpires to call off England's second Twenty20 international against Australia without a ball being bowled last night, writes MATT SOMERFORD.
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While the rain had eased by the time play was due to begin at 7pm, groundstaff were unable to clear the surface water and after a second inspection umpires Peter Hartley and Nigel Llong Nigel Llong (born February 11 1969 in Ashford, Kent) was a cricketer with Kent. He made his debut in 1990 and won his county cap in 1993. He was a left hand bat and off spin bowler. Llong has since become an umpire, officiating his maiden first class match in June 2000. called the match off at 8pm.
That did not go down well with the capacity 19,500 crowd inside Old Trafford, especially after Friday's first match at the same venue was washed out after seven balls of England's reply.
"I absolutely sympathise with the fans who turned up. Obviously there was another full house tonight and people wanted to watch at home," said Durham all-rounder Collingwood.
"The umpires came up to us and said they think it's unfit for international cricket International Cricket is a cricket game for the Nintendo Entertainment System that was only released in Australia in 1992. Developed by Melbourne House (as Beam Software) and published by Mattel, it was the only cricket game released for the NES. .
"When you've got a lot of people in the crowd, it's a brave call to make but it's good that they are making those calls."
The main area of concern was a sodden patch in the bowlers' run-up at the Brian Statham John Brian "George" Statham, CBE (born June 17, 1930, Denton, Manchester; died June 10, 2000, Stockport, Cheshire) was one of the finest bowlers in the history of cricket. Initially a bowler of a brisk fast-medium pace, Statham was able to remodel his action to generate enough End. While Collingwood said that was not the only area that posed a risk for injury, he and Australia skipper Michael Clarke agreed they could not ask their bowlers to run up on the slippery surface.
Collingwood added: "There were other areas [that were wet] as well. The backward point area was very wet as well. But specifically it was that one area in the bowlers' run-ups which is a crucial part of a cricket pitch.
"With the run-ups for the bowlers and the weight that goes through that part of the ground - especially in those take-off areas - the risk was too great.
"I spoke to Michael and both of us said if you're asking your boys to run in 100% then it is going to be pretty dangerous. That's why the umpires made that decision."
Collingwood scoffed at suggestions that the game could have still gone ahead with bowlers bowling from just one end, saying it would have undermined the integrity of the game.
"Of course it would. To mark out wide run-ups just to miss and area and stuff like that, it becomes ridiculous," he said.
"Obviously the umpires have made a good decision."
Clarke agreed with Collingwood's assessment that a compromised match was out of the question.
"There are a couple of things there you can do to put on a show for the crowd but the fact is it is an international Twenty20," he said. "You want to play your full-strength team. There's no game I play for Australia where you go out and bowl some full tosses so the crowd get a great spectacle. The ground just wasn't fit enough to play. Both teams are disappointed.
We've got specialist Twenty20 players who have flown over from Australia to take part in these two games so we really wanted to play."
Speaking about the bowlers' run-ups Clarke added: "I'm 75 kilos and when I put my foot on that area it was very unstable, so I can't imagine that [Ryan] Sidebottom, [Brett] Lee, [Mitchell] Johnson, who are a little bit bigger boys than me, running in to bowl on that.
"They (the umpires) told us they thought the ground was unfit, Paul and I agreed."
IN THE SPOTLIGHT England one-day captain Paul Collingwood, top, is interviewed for TV following last night's abandonment, which followed lengthy inspections of the Old Trafford pitch by the players, above, and match officials, who decided not to go ahead with the Twenty20 International against Australia on safety grounds.