Claims of Sydney Test match fixing will be difficult to prove: Clarke
Sydney: Australian vice-captain Michael Clarke has said that the Pakistan team management`s questioning of the legitimacy of Australia`s miraculous victory in the Sydney Test match this year is likely to go unanswered.
Coach Intikhab Alam and tour manager Aaqib Javed have both suggested the match may have been tainted by the involvement of bookmakers.
Their recorded testimony has been leaked in Pakistan, but Clarke has said that he had no suspicions about the result.
“The Sydney Test was a wonderful Test win. I can only talk from me personally, I certainly had no suspicions, I guess the one thing I know about Australian cricket is we always play positive, aggressive cricket and we always put as much pressure on opposition teams as possible,” the Sydney Morning Herald quoted Clarke, as saying.
“Looking back it was a wonderful Test match and a huge win for us, but I certainly had no suspicions,” he added.
Former Australian skipper Steve Waugh said he would be “devastated” if the allegations of Intikhab and Aaqib turned out to be accurate.
“I thought it was a great Test match, I would be devastated like all sports fans if there was an element of match fixing to it,” he was quoted, as saying.
“We have heard these things before and they have got to be substantiated,” he added.
Australia had ended day one of the match in all kinds of bother, and they remained well behind in the match until Pakistan lost their last nine wickets for 89 runs while chasing a target of 175.