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Team India tickled at walk-out claims by Aus media

December 20, 2011 10:51 IST

Team India is bemused and laughing their guts out at the suggestion in the Australian media that they toyed with the idea of boycotting the ongoing three-day warm-up game against Cricket Australia Chairman's XI, being played in Canberra, because of rain.

"The story is completely baseless. There is no truth in it. Rain is part of cricket. You don't leave a venue only because it's raining," said Indian team's media manager G S Walia on Tuesday.

It rained heavily on the night prior to the start of the three-day game between the tourists and Cricket Australia Chairman's XI, forcing the game to begin only after lunch on Monday.

The Australian media had widely reported that India were contemplating heading to Melbourne for better practice sessions, leading up to the first Test starting there on December 26.

The reports said that a member of the support staff, travelling with the Indian team, had actually enquired with the groundsman at the Manuka Oval about the effect persistent rain would have on the three-day match.

The groundsman has also been quoted as saying that a "mysterious" member of the travelling Indians' entourage suggested they might move to Melbourne for practice.

"I don't know who this member of the Indian squad they are referring to. There is none amongst us who has or could have made this suggestion," said Walia.

The team, on its part, is treating the episode as "comic relief".

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