2 Mar 2011

Cricket Australia says team is not under investigation

6:17 am on 2 March 2011

The Australian cricket team manager Steve Bernard has dismissed as "ludicrous" claims his openers are under investigation from the International Cricket Council for slow batting in their World Cup match against Zimbabwe.

Australia's openers Shane Watson and Brad Haddin struggled against the African minnow's spin bowlers early in their innings in their opening Group A game in Ahmedabad, reaching just 5 runs from two overs and 28 off the first 11 overs.

The Aussies eventually made 262 for 6, with Haddin scoring 29 off 66 balls.

Zimbabwe was dismissed for 171.

Indian Press say the slow rate of scoring in the first two overs was scrutinised by the ICC anti-corruption and security unit.

Bernard says the ICC's anti-corruption unit has made no approach to the Australian team...