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Watson in strife as tempers flare again out west

html,body { border: 0px; }AUSTRALIAN all-rounder Shane Watson became the fourth player to be charged for poor behaviour during an ill-tempered third Test following his unsightly celebration of the wicket of West Indian captain Chris Gayle on day four yesterday.Watson screamed maniacally and aggressively in Gayle’s direction after dismissing him before lunch at the WACA Ground. His actions did not escape the attention of ICC match referee Chris Broad – the game’s code of conduct states that bowlers must not seek to humiliate a batsman after his dismissal.Umpires Ian Gould and Billy Bowden charged Watson with bringing the game into disrepute under clause 1.8 of the code, the same offence brought against West Indian Sulieman Benn and Australians Brad Haddin and Mitchell Johnson.Australian coach Tim Nielsen said he had already addressed the issue after Watson was spoken to by both umpires after his over-exuberant celebration and then, at the umpires’ request, by Ponting.”I spoke to [Watson] at lunch time and said I think he needs to be careful about the way he reacts or celebrates his dismissals,” he said.”I think that has been one of the things about this Test match that there has been quite a bit of niggle between the playing groups out there and it’s something we are conscious of and something I am talking to the playing group about.”We are trying to maintain a pretty even keel as often as we can but at the same time when people get emotional and it’s hot and you’re tired and there is a game on the line you can understand some of those reactions are maybe over the top sometimes.”Asked what he thought of Watson’s histrionics when he bounded up and down and yelled in the personal space of Gayle after taking his wicket for 21 during the second innings yesterday, West Indies team manager Joel Garner said: ”I am not even going to entertain the thought. The match referee is the man in charge and he will do whatever he feels is best. I go back to Animal Farm days, George Orwell, they say all animals are equal and later on in the same book they say some animals are more equal than others. Maybe that applies in some cases.”Garner, still seething about inconsistencies in the punishments handed to Benn, Haddin and Johnson after the mid-pitch blow-up on the second day of the Test, said yesterday the provocation of Benn started long before the third Test. Benn was found guilty of a level-two offence and suspended for two one-day internationals while the two Australians received fines for less serious level-one offences.”They slapped two fellas on the wrist and they killed the other fella,” the fast-bowling legend told the Herald. ”There are inconsistencies in the entire process and how the charges were laid. If there are three people involved in the same thing they should be all given the same level of charges and that is why I think it is a bit unreasonable. The other thing I would say is you had an incident where [Ricky] Ponting had an altercation with [Dwayne] Bravo and nothing was done during the same game and I have a problem with the way that justice is being administered.”On a day full of niggle and drama the last Windies batting pair of Kemar Roach and Gavin Tonge defied Australia’s bowlers for an improbable length of time. Australia strained to finish of the visitors before the end of the fourth day but even with play extended by an half an hour, and then by an extra over, they could not seize the win by stumps. The Windies need a further 51 runs for an amazing, series-levelling victory.”There is definitely a lot of hope because we have two guys capable of batting as we have seen this afternoon,” said West Indies batsman Narsingh Deonarine, who scored 82 after replacing the injured Shivnarine Chanderpaul in the side.”We just want to go out there and play positive cricket. We are definitely looking forward for a victory tomorrow.”The Australians were struggling with both Mitchell Johnson and Nathan Hauritz suffering from gastric illnesses in the hot weather but Nielsen backed his players to finish the Windies off quickly today.In an eventful innings, Benn cracked Johnson for two sixes and stood his ground when Doug Bollinger claimed a low outfield catch, which was ruled to have hit the ground by the video umpire. He was also dropped by substitute fielder Theo Doropoulos, who had just come onto the ground to replace Hauritz. Doropoulos tasted redemption when he took a catch at square leg to dismiss Benn for 33.
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