Good ol’ You Tube! I knew it wouldn’t be long before this incident that I saw live on TV would make headlines!
Last night I was watching the second Final of the One Day International Cricket series between Australia and India being played in Brisbane. A streaker jumped the fence (very carefully, one presumes) and ran to the centre of the field with Police and security in pursuit.
Australian batsman Andrew Symonds decided to end the naked man’s run. Without dropping his bat, Symonds dropped his shoulder into the man who fell to the ground and was caught by the authorities. The male now faces charges of trespass and indecent exposure. If this were to happen at the Sydney Cricket Ground, this guy would be looking at a $5000 fine and a lifetime ban from the ground, in addition to any other offences.
Comment I have seen this morning on the interweb is divided. Of course, the player concerned has been the centre of attention for most of the summer in relation to racial taunts. I have to wonder if the hoo-ha would be as great this morning had the shoulder had of belonged to someone like Adam Gilchrist (or his alter ego as announced by a Cricket Australia speaker on stage last night, Andrew Gilchrist. Don’t go, Andrew! You’ve just made the top 11!).
Have a look and a listen to the video. Normally when host broadcaster Channel 9 is broadcasting the game and there is a streaker, they don’t pay too much attention and feature a wide shot of the ground. Sometimes the commentators talk about it or sometimes they talk about something else so if you didn’t know better, you wouldn’t know any better.
Have a listen to the audio. I think originally Channel 9 were going to file it under “this is not happening” but when the situation ended like it did and Channel 9 realised that it would turn into a story, they showed (from behind) a close up of the “tackle” by Symonds. I had to have a laugh with senior commentator and cricket doyen Richie Benaud when he said when on the wide shot “at the moment we don’t know if it is a boy streaker or a girl streaker”. It certainly livened things up in the Central Commentary Position, that’s for sure.
What makes someone streak? Alcohol, probably. What makes someone run towards a man holding a cricket bat who knows how to use it? Stupidity? I’d be interested in your comments.
- if the player wasn’t Andrew Symonds, would anyone have cared if a player dropped the shoulder into the bloke?
- if the person who dropped the shoulder into the streaker was a person who was supposed to catch the streaker, would anyone care?
- Will the next streaker who does this have second thoughts?
- Would there be an outcry if the situation was different and a player was attacked?
- Why were the two Indian players high fiving each other?
EDIT: The streaker was fined $1500 in Brisbane Magistrate’s Court but no conviction was recorded.