The heroics of James Anderson and Monty Panesar were tainted last night after Ricky Ponting criticised their so-called time-wasting techniques saying that they were not within the spirit of the game.
However, Australian spinner, Nathan Hauritz, speaking at a press conference today has disagreed with his captain saying that England were just doing whatever they had to do to stay in the game:
“At the end of the day they had to last, they had to survive for the last 60-odd balls and they spaced out their allotted amount of overs," he said.
“It's dead and buried. It's just part of the game and we're just focussing on Lord's at the moment.”
Hauritz went on to state that he probably would have done the same thing if he had been put in the same position:
“I know if it was me in that situation I wouldn't be facing up as quick every ball because it's an extremely nervous situation.”
Both teams will be looking for a significant improvement in the second Test which begins on Thursday, but emotions will no doubt be running high after yesterday’s drama.
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