Allan Donald of South Africa captures Damien Martyn the incident that Oliver referred to in his tweet    Getty Images
Allan Donald of South Africa captures Damien Martyn the incident that Clayton Oliver referred to in his tweet Getty Images

Former Australian cricketer Damien Martyn and Australian Rules footballer Clayton Oliver have gotten into an ugly-spat over Twitter following the former s tweet. In his tweet Martyn, compared Australian Rules football to soccer over a certain diving incident of Oliver, between Melbourne Demons, the team he supports, and West Coast Eagles. Martin, an ardent Demons fan, question Oliver s intention after a collision with Will Schofield. Diving off late has always been a bone of contention in the game of soccer since its time of inception. Oliver was quick to reply and point out Martyn s poor shot selection against South Africa in 1994, SCG Test. In Oliver s defence he mentioned that Schofield clipped him, and that rocked him a little bit that saw him fall down.

Oliver who is now just 19-years old, was referring to a 22-year old Martyn back then that saw Australia suffer a horrible collapse. Needing 117 to win, Australian batting tottered to 75 for 8 before Martyn and Craig McDermott saw them 7 runs away from a win. Martyn who struck a valuable 59 in the first innings, in a moment brain-fade decided to drive on the up against Allan Donald that proved costly for him and his team. Australia went on to lose the game by 5 runs.

 

Australia following that Test dropped Martyn and he did not feature in their scheme of things for the next six years. Speaking on the same incident in 2013, Martyn said that he was being made a scapegoat by the media back and had to take the fallout, which was really hard for him.

Martyn eventually did return to Test cricket for Australia in 2000, before becoming a household name after his splendid show in The Ashes 2001.