Gilchrist bats for under-fire umpires

PERTH, Australia, Feb 13, 2008 (AFP) – Australia’s Adam Gilchrist went in to bat for the umpires on Wednesday, despite being at the wrong end of a dodgy decision at the weekend. “I am not going to hold a grudge against any umpire, particularly that bloke. I respect him…. I have the utmost respect for all those umpires.” The big-hitting left-hander, playing his final one-day tournament for his country before bowing out of international cricket, was at the heart of the latest umpiring controversies during Sunday’s one-day clash with India in Melbourne.

Gilchrist was wrongly given out LBW by South African umpire Rudi Koertzen for a duck after he got a thick inside edge onto his pads.

Then, in the Indian innings, the Australians were certain star batsman Sachin Tendulkar had got an outside edge, but Koertzen turned down the appeal.

Koertzen was also involved in a glaring error earlier in the season, when he incorrectly gave Sri Lankan Kumar Sangakkara caught behind for 192 at a crucial stage of the second Test against Australia in Hobart in November.

Koertzen’s dramas follow the rapid fall from grace of veteran West Indian umpire Steve Bucknor, who was removed f