Your slow play is a joke! Trump slams Ebdon after he takes nearly five hours to claim victory
18:24 GMT, 12 July 2012
Judd Trump has hit out at Peter Ebdon after the former world champion took almost five hours to grind his way to victory over Ding Junhui at the Australian Open.
Ebdon beat the Chinese player 5-4 in Bendigo, with each frame taking an average time of 32 minutes, leading to an outburst afterwards from snooker's newest superstar.
'How Peter Ebdon is allowed to play that slow is a joke,' Trump said on Twitter.
Outspoken: Judd Trump was not short of an opinion
Trump, who told Sportsmail last year that he wouldn't object to a shot clock being used at the Masters or UK Championship, is one of a number of top stars not to be playing in this week's tournament. That hasn't stopped him commenting on events from afar however.
Ebdon has come under fire for supposed slow play in the past, most famously when he saw off a visibly upset Ronnie O'Sullivan in a World Championship quarter-final at the Crucible in 2005.
The 2002 world champion, who clinched victory over Ding with a break of 70 in the deciding frame, will next play Shaun Murphy.
Under fire: Peter Ebdon has been derided for his measured play
Ebdon certainly didn't seem to do another former world champion Neil Robertson any favours. The Australian's match against Mark Davis was badly delayed, and he was never at the races, losing 5-1.
'Overall, I'm really disappointed, but Mark handled the late start better than I did. It is always difficult starting at 9.30pm or 10pm,' Robertson said afterwards.
Davis will next play Martin Gould, after the Englishman beat Chinese qualifier Cao Yupeng 5-4.
Barry Hawkins beat Matthew Stevens 5-2, and he will play Matthew Selt in the last eight. Selt continued his fine run with a 5-3 win over Ryan Day. Marco Fu beat Jamie Burnett 5-1, and he will play Stephen Lee in the quarter-finals.