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Waugh involved in banter with Patel

January 06, 2004 21:47 IST
Last Updated: January 07, 2004 00:16 IST

Amidst all the hype surrounding his farewell match, Steve Waugh had to contend with an unexpected dose of his own medicine from a player half his age.

As Waugh fought a grim battle to stave off defeat in the series-deciding fourth Test in Sydney, 19 year-old Indian wicket-keeper Parthiv Patel tried to unsettle the veteran batsman through some banter.

The baby-faced Patel egged on the 38 year-old stalwart to play one of his sweep shots one last time, revealed Waugh at the post-match conference.

"The India 'keeper was saying, 'Come on, just one more of the famous slog-sweeps before you finish'," said Waugh.

"They had a bit of a crack, which is a bit of fun out there.

"I said, 'Look, show a bit of respect. You were in nappies when I debuted 18 years ago'."

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