Australia’s women’s T20 side is slammed as ‘dangerous hypocrites’ for ‘shameless’ act that helped them win GOLD – as Covid-positive cricketer tells her teammates to STAY AWAY instead of celebrating with her
- Australia have won another gold in the women’s T20 cricket final
- Aussies beat India by nine runs despite a stunning effort from their captain
- Match overshadowed by controversy after positive player allowed to play
- Tahlia McGrath forced to sit away from teammates with mild symptoms
Australia has been branded ‘hypocrites’, ‘racist’ and ‘shameless’ for allowing a Covid-infected player to take the field in the gold medal women’s T20 matche at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games.
The Aussie women beat India to add women’s T20 gold to their already bursting trophy cabinet on a drama-charged Commonwealth Games finale overshadowed by the COVID-19 controversy.
The toss was delayed as officials discussed whether allrounder Tahlia McGrath would be allowed to play, having returned a positive COVID-19 test
The toss was delayed as officials discussed whether allrounder Tahlia McGrath would be allowed to play, having returned a positive COVID-19 test.
McGrath, one of Australia’s best players all tournament, presented to team officials with mild symptoms on Sunday morning and returned a subsequent positive test.
Despite this, she was cleared to play, and was forced sit away from her teammates and wear a mask while she waited to bat.
McGrath is seen isolating from her teammates as she waits to go out to bat in the final
She also could not celebrate with her teammates after taking a catch.
Many Indian supporters felt the decision was ‘racist’ and that India would have been ruled out of the final if the shoe was on the other foot.
Sports reporter Naveen Sharma slammed the move as ‘shameless’ in a Tweet: ‘Australians always preach about right or wrong but they forget everything when it comes to them.’
‘Tahlia McGrath tested Covid positive. Yet she was allowed to play. Basically, all rules go haywire when Australia and England play. Imperialist mentality at its very best,’ posted one angry fan.
McGrath was allowed to play but had to sit away from her teammates and wear a mask while playing – her impact on the game was minimal
‘How racist they are. Imagine same happening with any Asian player they wouldn’t have allowed at all,’ said another.
‘If the same would happen with Asian team the match would have been abandoned and opposition would get the gold,’ another posted.
‘How could this be possible… The umpires already stole the women’s hockey semi-final from India too against Australia with bad umpirism, too much favouritism for Australia,’ posted another.
A number of cricket fans pointed to Australia refusing to let tennis champion Novak Djokovic play in the Australian Open and called us hypocrites for allowing McGrath to play.
‘So Australia can deny Djokovic from playing in the Australian Open for not being vaccinated but will allow a Covid +ve [sic] person to play a cricket match? And what is the point of testing if a Covid positive person can still play?’ Mantavya asked in online commentary.
It wasn’t just Indian supporters shocked and appalled by the decision, with many Australian fans questioning the decision as well.
‘The team they played against should appeal to health organisation it’s highly dangerous and not legal to endanger others health. Australia would be up in all sorts if it was other way around especially if we lost,’ one Aussie fan posted.
‘Absolute rubbish! Shouldn’t be anywhere near others if she has it and India should refuse to play as a positive puts you out for everyone else. Why is it suddenly ok now?’ posted another.
‘This is strange. A positive test rules you out of contention. What if India refuse to take part on health grounds?’ another said.
Australia have beaten India to add women’s T20 gold to their already bursting trophy cabinet on a drama-charged Commonwealth Games finale
Had the match been played in Australia, McGrath would have been forced to sit out and isolate for seven days, highlighting the ludicrous inconsistencies in COVID-19 policies.
Her impact on the game was minimal, but was none the less the biggest talking point at Edgbaston.
Australia held on to win by nine runs despite a brilliant knock by Indian skipper Harmanpreet Kaur, adding Commonwealth gold to World T20 and ODI success for this all-conquering side.
Australia held on to win by nine runs despite a brilliant knock by Indian skipper Harmanpreet Kaur, adding Commonwealth gold to World T20 and ODI success for this all-conquering side
Ash Gardner, the hero with the bat when Australia beat India to open the tournament, this time starred with the ball, taking 3-16 off three overs – including the match-turning wicket of Kaur.
After winning the toss and opting to bat, Alyssa Healy again failed to fire, out lbw for seven, but skipper Meg Lanning joined Beth Mooney for a 74-run partnership off just 47 deliveries.
Australia were looking comfortable, before a double piece of brilliance from Radha Yadav dragged India back into the contest.
McGrath (C) wearing a face mask, stand on the podium during the medal ceremony
First Yadav flicked the ball between her legs to catch Lanning short of her ground for 36 after backing up to far, before she plucked a diving catch off McGrath to dismiss the Australian No.4 in the next over.
Gardner pounded a quick-fire 25, but it was Mooney (61 off 41) who was holding the innings together before she was dismissed by a brilliant Deepti Sharma catch.
Sharma stuck out a hand to take a one-handed stunner.
After staring down 180-plus, Australia fell away towards the end and managed just 11 runs off the final two overs and reached 8-161.
Members of Australian team pose with their gold medals after their win in the women’s cricket T20 final match against India at Edgbaston at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham
India smacked 12 runs off the first over in reply but lost two quick wickets, with Darcie Brown bowling Smriti Mandhana behind her legs before Shafali Verma wasted her extra life to fall for 11.
But enter Harmanpreet Kaur, the Indian skipper looking like she would carry India to the gold medal on her own as she struck a brilliant 65 off 43 balls before holing out in the deep as Gardner picked up two wickets in two balls.
A Grace Harris direct hit helped stymie India as they were left needing 11 runs off the final over, but it only lasted three balls as Jess Jonassen claimed the final wicket to spark wild celebrations.