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Sunday, November 4, 2007

More than just a trophy | Peter Roebuck

Relations between Australian and Sri Lankan cricket had deteriorated. Australia had refused to fulfil an obligation to play a World Cup match in Colombo. Arjuna Ranatunga had refused to shake hands. Murali had been called for throwing by belligerent antipodean show ponies. Once he was bowling unexceptional leg breaks and was taken to task by a controversial white coat. It was time to smoke the pipe of peace.

Naming the trophy presented to the winner of the forthcoming Test series between Sri Lanka and Australia after the countries' two greatest spinners was a masterstroke. Doubtless Muttiah Muralitharan and Shane Warne were delighted to find their contributions acknowledged and their monikers immortalised in this manner. It is a rare tribute to a pair of exceptional cricketers. And it is well deserved. After all, they are the highest wicket-takers Test cricket has known.

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