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Aussie fans throw egg at Muralitharan
February 02, 2008 14:14 IST
Australian fans showed no let up in their hostility towards Muttiah Muralitharan and a group of fans threw an egg on the Sri Lankan spin wizard's face in Hobart.
"An egg was thrown at Muralitharan and it struck him", a top Sri Lankan official said in Colombo adding, the authorities were looking into the incident that happened last night.
The Sri Lankans are in Australia to play a tri-nation ODI series which also involves India.
The Island Newspaper reported that Sri Lankan cricketers, including Muralitharan, were jeered and attacked by some local residents in Hobart when they were returning to their hotel after dinner last night.
"The Sri Lanka [Images] team management had then taken action to safely guide the players back to their hotel and the police arrived at the scene," the Newspaper said.
The off spinner has had a history of hostility with the Australian spectators, who have jeered him on previous tours, forcing him to stop going Down Under for some time.
Muralitharan was no-balled by Aussie umpires and the bowler had to undergo laboratory tests to prove the legality of his bowling action.