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Murali's great to watch: Waugh

SYDNEY: Controversial off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan has found an ally in old foe Stephen Waugh in his latest brush with cricket administrators. Muralitharan was reported for chucking after taking 28 wickets in the recent 3-0 series loss to Australia.

International Cricket Council match referee Chris Broad said he suspected that Muralitharan's `doosra' — his wrong 'un or ball that spins away from the right-handed batsman — was bowled with an illegal action. The ICC ordered Muralitharan to undergo rigorous testing.

The testing ``will prove once and for all whether he is legal or illegal,'' Waugh told at a business lunch on Wednesday. ``I hope for the game's sake that they find he's ok because he's great to watch — he is a unique type of bowler.

``He makes Sri Lanka competitive in world cricket... he gets people talking about cricket. He's the sort of player you want in the game.''

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