Rival T20 skippers back officials
by CricketArchive Staff Reporter

Player:MJ Clarke, PD Collingwood
Event:Australia in British Isles 2009

DateLine: 2nd September 2009


Both England and Australia captains supported the umpires' decision to abandon the second T20I between England and Australia at Old Trafford.


Umpires Peter Hartley and Nigel Llong made the call at 8pm this evening because of a damp outfield, particularly on the run-ups at the Brian Statham End.


"We wanted to get out there and play but you have to be realistic," England skipper Paul Collingwood told Sky Sports 1.


"There's an area of concern in the run-ups and it's unfit for international cricket.


"The umpires have made a brave decision calling it off early.


"The run-ups are the first thing you want to keep dry. Unfortunately with the thunderstorms we've had this afternoon that hasn't been possible."


"[The Statham End] is the worst area, where the guys have to run in and bowl, jump to take off," Clarke said.


"It's very difficult because there's such a good crowd in and both teams wanted to play, but even for me, 75 kilos, walking on it, it doesn't feel safe, so I can't imagine, Brett Lee running in, it's going to be safe for him.


"Every game we play we want to satisfy the audience but safety has to come first."


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