Australia’s choice to discipline cricketers COVID-19 on the Commonwealth Video games sparked controversy and claims of hypocrisy given the nation’s powerful stance on lockdowns throughout the pandemic – and their choice to deport Novak Djokovic due to his vaccination standing.
Tahlia McGrath was cleared to play at Edgbaston Birmingham yesterday regardless of a optimistic take a look at. She bowled and batted within the match and in addition took a catch which was dismissed IndiaStars opener Shafali Verma as Southern Stars gained the gold.
She was batting at No. 4 and not using a masks earlier than being dismissed after scoring simply two runs off 4 balls. McGrath then bowled two overs for twenty-four runs and was additionally caught as she raised her fingers to warn her colleagues to not come and rejoice along with her.
However once they gained the sport, McGrath jumped into the huddle and hugged her teammates. Australian bowler Megan Schutt stated afterwards: “If we get Covid, so be it”.
Had the match been performed in Australia, McGrath would have been compelled to self-isolate for seven days. However within the UK, the place self-isolation guidelines are solely advisory, Ms McGrath may play.
Yesterday morning she awoke with gentle signs after which examined optimistic. She was however chosen within the Aussies’ XI after match organizers authorised her participation following consultations earlier than the toss, which was postponed.
McGrath didn’t line up along with her teammates throughout the pregame nationwide anthems or be part of them within the dugout as they batted, as an alternative sitting within the stands sporting a masks. After collaborating within the match, Tahlia wore the masks on the medal ceremony and as she celebrated the gold along with her teammates on stage, the place she hugged Beth Mooney and Alana King.
He’s believed to be the primary participant identified to have Covid to participate in a world cricket match, with Birmingham permitting every optimistic athlete to be assessed on a case-by-case foundation.
However critics stated she shouldn’t have been allowed to play. Many Indian supporters noticed the choice as “racist” and that India could be eradicated from the ultimate if the shoe was on the opposite foot. There was additionally anger as India’s paraathlete Aneesh Kumar Pillai was dominated out of his Commonwealth finals in Birmingham after testing optimistic for Covid-19. The virus was picked up in a random swab – and he was asymptomatic – however the Commonwealth Video games Federation stated he couldn’t participate.
The Australians have additionally claimed that they’re hypocrites given their very hardline stance on lockdowns and vaccinations to sluggish the unfold. Their strict guidelines led to Novak Djokovic being banned from tennis’ Australian Open and deported – regardless of not having Covid-19. Former Prime Minister Scott Morrison even spent $2 billion of taxpayers’ cash on quarantine amenities now scattered throughout Australia which might be unused and empty.
One Australian tweeted that McGrath’s participation “makes a mockery of the isolation we have needed to endure for the final three years”.
When the gold was secured, Tahlia McGrath was proper within the center, being hugged by her teammates regardless of having covid.
Tahlia McGrath takes a catch (left) that dismissed India’s star opener Shafali Verma as Southern Stars took the gold. She warned her teammates to not come rejoice along with her (proper)
McGrath (C) with a masks on his face, stand on the rostrum throughout the medal ceremony
Tahlia McGrath wears a masks as she hugs Beth Mooney (left) and Alana King (proper) because the tape falls after their win over India
Tahlia McGrath runs to bowl as the ladies’s cricket last on the Commonwealth Video games is shrouded in controversy
Group Australia’s Meg Lanning celebrates along with her teammates after profitable the Cricket T20 – Gold Medal match between Group India and Group Australia whereas Tahlia McGrath stands on the sidelines (far proper) who examined optimistic for covid however was allowed to play
McGrath will obtain his masked medal at Edgbaston. She was allowed to play however needed to sit far-off from her teammates
McGrath is seen isolating himself from his teammates as he waits to go in to bat within the last
The draw was delayed as officers debated whether or not all-rounder Tahlia McGrath (centre) could be allowed to play as she has examined optimistic for COVID-19.
The followers had been sad that the Australians let McGrath play
Australia gained the primary ever ladies’s cricket gold after posting 161-8 from their 20 overs earlier than bowling India out for 152. McGrath stood on the rostrum along with her teammates, once more sporting a masks.
Opener Beth Mooney – who made 61 runs off 41 balls – stated: “It is an actual disgrace that in elite sport you are publicly shamed for having Covid when in all probability 90% of the individuals on this room have it proper now. No person assessments something, no one does something. It is only a disgrace she could not rejoice with us, however on the identical time I believe the appropriate choice was made to let her play. I hope it would not upset individuals an excessive amount of.”
Indian captain Harmanpreet Kaur stated they realized in regards to the optimistic covid take a look at simply earlier than the toss. She stated: “That was one thing we had no management over. CWG needed to decide and we had been nice with it as a result of she [Tahlia McGrath] he wasn’t too sick so we determined to play. We needed to present sportsmanship. I am glad we did not say no to Tahlia [missing the final] it will be very tough for her.’
Sports activities reporter Naveen Sharma tweeted that the transfer was “shameless”: “Australians all the time preach about proper and unsuitable however neglect every thing relating to them.”
Tahlia McGrath examined optimistic for Covid. Nonetheless, she was allowed to play. Principally all the principles break down when Australia and England play. Imperialist mentality at its greatest,” wrote one indignant fan.
“How racist they’re.” Think about the identical would occur to any Asian participant they would not permit in any respect,” stated one other.
“If the identical factor occurred to the Asian crew, the match could be suspended and the opponent would win the gold,” wrote one other.
“How may this be doable… The refs have additionally already stolen the ladies’s hockey semi-final from India vs Australia with dangerous umpiricism, favoring Australia an excessive amount of,” wrote one other.
Quite a lot of cricket followers pointed to Australia’s refusal to let tennis champion Novak Djokovic play within the Australian Open and known as us hypocrites for permitting McGrath to play.
So Australia can deny Djokovic the Australian Open for not being vaccinated, however will permit Covid +ve. [sic] an individual who performs a cricket match? And what is the level of testing if a Covid-positive particular person can nonetheless play?” Mantavya requested in a web-based remark.
It wasn’t simply Indian supporters shocked and dismayed by the choice, with many Australian followers additionally questioning the choice.
“The crew they performed in opposition to ought to attraction to the well being group that it’s extremely harmful and never authorized to hazard the well being of others. Australia could be all types of up if it was the opposite means round, particularly if we misplaced,” wrote one Aussie fan.
‘Absolute nonsense! She should not be anyplace close to the others if she has it and India ought to refuse to play as a result of it places you on others. Why is it immediately okay now?’ posted one other.
‘That is bizarre. A optimistic take a look at eliminates you from competition. What if India refuses to take part on well being grounds?” stated one other.
Australia held on for a nine-run victory regardless of an excellent knock from Indian skipper Harmanpreet Kaur, including Commonwealth gold to the World T20 and ODI success for the all-conquering facet.
Tahlia McGrath stands with the profitable crew of Australia holding fingers and elevating them
Members of the Australian crew pose with their gold medals after profitable the ladies’s T20 cricket last in opposition to India at Edgbaston on the Commonwealth Video games in Birmingham
Ash Gardner, the hero with the bat when Australia beat India to open the match, performed with the ball this time, taking 3-16 from three overs – together with Kaura’s match-turning wicket.
After profitable the toss and electing to bat, Alyssa Healy once more failed to fireside, lbw for seven, however skipper Meg Lanning joined Beth Mooney for a partnership of 74 runs off simply 47 deliveries.
Australia regarded snug earlier than Radha Yadav’s double brilliance dragged India again into the competition.
First, Yadav flicked the ball between the legs to catch Lanning wanting the bottom for 36 after backing away earlier than plucking a diving catch from McGrath to dismiss the Australian No.4 within the subsequent over.
Gardner hammered a fast 25 nevertheless it was Mooney (61 off 41) who held the innings collectively earlier than she was dismissed by an excellent catch by Deepti Sharma.
Sharma reached out to take a one handed stunner.
After staring down 180-plus, Australia fell away in the direction of the top, managing simply 11 runs from the final two overs to achieve 8-161.
In reply, India batted for 12 however misplaced two fast wickets, with Darcie Brown bowling Smriti Mandhan over the legs earlier than Shafali Verma wasted her further life to fall for 11.
However enter Harmanpreet Kaur, India’s captain, who seems as if she’s going to lead India to the gold medal single-handedly as she hits an excellent 65 off 43 balls earlier than digging into the deep as Gardner picks up two wickets in two balls.
Grace Harris’ direct hit helped India to halt as they wanted 11 runs from the ultimate over, however they lasted simply three balls as Jess Jonassen took the final wicket to spark wild celebrations.