The SCG witnessed the most disgraceful on the field behavior by the Aussies. As predicted Steve Bucknor swung into action along with Benson to destroy a Test match in its entirety.
There is plenty on the web about the events as they unfold. Here are a few of the good ones I have come across.
Is it a gentleman’s game?
Why Ponting should be banned
Ponting must be fired
Competitive fire often heats things out of proportion
Rotten from the first day to the last
Death by Umpiring
My favorite is the one calling for Ponting’s firing followed by the one calling for his ban. Before Ponting became captain there were concerns about his behavior (character) after he was involved in a drunken brawl or two. His behavior in this Test and those of his team mates (inspired by him of course) confirms that the man still has the same behavioral issues. In fact, he had the gall to insult the media
after the match.
If the Aussies care about gaining the respect and admiration (!!) of the world for their cricket, it would make sense to heed Peter Roebuck’s call.