Adelaide: Umpires had to intervene when tempers boiled over between Australian and Indian players in the first Test in Adelaide on Friday.
Things got testy as David Warner was bowled by express paceman Varun Aaron for 66, only to be recalled when replays showed that Aaron had sent down a no-ball. Aaron gave Warner a vocal send-off, but the opener returned serve when he was recalled to the crease. Shane Watson, Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan all joined in, exchanging terse words before umpire Ian Gould eventually calmed the two sides down.
Varun Aaron (L) celebrates as David Warner (R) is clean-bowled, but the ball was declared a no-ball, on the fourth day of the first Test cricket match between Australia and India at the Adelaide Oval on Friday. Pic/AFP
The incident took place when Aaron was introduced into the attack in the 34th over. The Indian pacer bowled four eventful overs, and was nearly successful in his second one when he bowled Warner with the batsman on 66. But the umpire ruled it a no-ball giving a second chance to the opener. Warner ran back to the middle and gave it back to the bowler who was celebrating wildly moments ago.
The next delivery was well left and this got the crowd going a bit and along with Warner and Shikhar Dhawan. Tempers flared up as a result with Aaron, Warner, Shane Watson and Dhawan getting involved, and the umpires had to step in to resolve the situation. After the next delivery (33.4) was bowled, umpire Ian Gould stepped in to have a word with Dhawan who was positioned at silly mid-on, while Indian captain Virat Kohli tried to calm Warner down.
Varun Aaron (L) exchanges words with David Warner (R) on the fourth day of the first Test cricket match between Australia and India at the Adelaide Oval on Friday. Pic/AFP
After David Warner, Varun Aaron, and Shikhar Dhawan got into an on-field spat, it was the turn of Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Steven Smith to exchange a few choice words.
The incident occurred after Rohit appealed for an LBW, at which Smith in turn made a gesture toward Rohit. Kohli then came in and asked Smith to "stay in [his] limits."
The incident was in stark contrast to the poignant build-up to the match owing to Phil Hughes' death late last month after being hit by a bouncer in a domestic match. Even yesterday, emotionally rattled Australian players had rushed to check Kohli after he was hit by a Mitchell Johnson bouncer which is quite unlike the usual staring and exchange of words that follows such deliveries.
Warner followed up his first innings hundred with a half-century in the second, giving Australia command of proceedings at tea on day four of the first cricket Test against India here today.