There is a larger issue surrounding this, one that has been highlighted by many. Australians and South Africans get away rather easily when it comes to such offences. Umpires and match referees do not view these intimidatory tactics as seriously as something half that magnitude if committed by Indians, Pakistanis and Sri Lankans. This may not be due to racist reasons; maybe their physical stature and cricketing successes intimidate match officials.
I don’t remember one occasion on which Nel or his spiritual father, a certain Mr. Glenn McGrath, were warned for their unsporting behaviour. Yet, match officials start thinking up innovative interpretations of ICC rules whenever others take to the field.
The warning that Nel received from the umpires should set him right, and serve as a precedent for others as well. It is time we rid the game of such provocative behaviour. After all, Nel and McGrath are capable of intimidating batsmen with their bowling alone.
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