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India, Aus players in war of words ahead of Perth Test

Last updated on: January 10, 2012 16:34 IST

'Haddin needs to worry about his keeping'

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Indian and Australian cricketers were engaged in a war of words on Tuesday, ahead of the crucial third Test in Perth, with senior players of both sides taking digs at each other after Brad Haddin started the jibes by calling India a "fragile" team.

On Monday, Haddin fired the first salvo, stating that the struggling Indians tend to "break quicker than anyone in the world" when things don't go their way.

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It got an angry response from Indian pace spearhead Zaheer Khan, who asked Haddin to focus on his own "fragile" wicketkeeping skills.

"Haddin needs to worry about his keeping. It appears really fragile to me and he needs to start moving," he said.


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'Obviously, Zaheer is going alright at the moment'

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Equally sharp was the reaction of Australian pacer Peter Siddle, who felt the Indian left-arm paceman had got it all wrong.

"Zaheer saying he (Haddin) has got to concentrate on his keeping, I wouldn't like to see how good his (Zaheer) tips are on keeping.

"I don't think it's his place to say that either... Obviously, Zaheer is going alright at the moment and he likes to say those things," he told reporters.


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'He's doing all the talking. He's definitely playing his role'

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Zaheer said Haddin's comments were aimed at playing mind games with the tourists, who trail the Test series 0-2. The third Test of the series starts in Perth on Friday.

"He's doing all the talking. He's definitely playing his role."

Haddin had stated that, "We know this side can be as fragile as any team in the world if things aren't going their way and they can turn on each other and the media turns on them pretty quick," he was quoted by the media in Australia.

"We knew if we could keep them out there and put the numbers like we did on the board we knew we'd get the rewards because they break quicker than anyone in the world."


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'But the Ricky Ponting of old...the flair is different now'

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Meanwhile, Zaheer also took a swipe at former Australia captain Ricky Ponting, saying although he scored a century in the second Test in Sydney, he didn't look the batsman he used to be.

"All I can say is that he (Ponting) applied himself well. But the Ricky Ponting of old...the flair is different now. He was more of a grinder and it wasn't his natural game. But a hundred is a hundred and all credit to him."


Image: Zaheer Khan celebrates as Ricky Ponting walks back after his dismissal
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