BULLS HIT TONS
England’s top-secret bowling plans stolen as . . .
BULLSteammates Andrew Symonds and Matthew Hayden brutally battered England into submission yesterday but the Poms were far more concerned about an off-field mystery.
The ‘Case of the Missing Bowling Dossier’ is threatening to become the MCG’s juiciest bit of intrigue since England captain Tony Greig acted as a recruitment agent for World Series Cricket during the Centenary Test in 1977.
England team officials put on a good show of false outrage when it emerged that a copy of the team’s bowling plans had been pinched from the tourists’ dressing room and leaked to the media.
ABC cricket commentators read out details of England’s bowling tactics and posted a copy of them on the broadcaster’s website.
Given that this occurred while Symonds (154 not out) and Hayden (153) were putting England’s bowlers to the sword in the second highest sixth-wicket partnership in Ashes history, it could be argued that the missing document wasn’t worth the paper it was copied from.
Matthew Hoggard, England’s most successful bowler of the series, might have had most to lose by having his plans revealed.
But Hoggard turned yesterday evening’s media conference into a c o me d y r o u t i n e w h e n h e suggested in his broad Yorkshire accent that Sherlock Holmes was now on the case.
‘‘We’re continuing our investigations,’’ Hoggard hammed. ‘‘And when we find the culprit we’re stringing him up by his um . . . ding-dang-dos, and we’re chopping ’em off.’’
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