What has cricket come to? What he did was, and still is, a mystery. No one has given me a satisfactory explanation.' On Atherton's reaction at The Oval, for which he was fined pounds 1,250, Burge says: 'When Mike Atherton picks up his bat after being given out lbw and hits it with his hand that is dissent because he's telling 16,000 people 'this bloke has made a mistake'.
Umpires should not have to cop that.' Keith Fletcher, the England coach, was not best pleased. 'I don't think a match referee should make any further comment on his decisions,' he said. Australia slumped to a nine-wicket defeat by Pakistan in a one-day international in Rawalpindi yesterday.