Australia and India — the cricket saga continues

2008-03-01 00:00

UNTIL Matthew Hayden gave a Brisbane radio station the benefit of his opinions about Harbhajan Singh, it was possible to take Australia’s side over the latest fracas at the SCG. Until then, Ricky Ponting and his players seemed to be more sinned against than sinning. A couple of flare-ups occurred, but hardly enough to distract attention from a gripping match. Then came Hayden and, later, his astonishing suggestion that no offence had been intended. Not that the horticulturalists were ever happy. According to them, a weed may indeed be noxious and the addition of “ob” is quite without merit. In trying to rid their properties of obnoxious lantana and bugweed, local gardeners face a stiff task.

Harbhajan has hardly been an innocent party either. Independent observers have been dismayed by the off-spinner’s provocations. Urged on by television networks eager to cast them as heroes, Harbhajan and Ishant have turned into hotheads. Meanwhile, Gautam Gambhir, Mahela Jayawardene, Anil Kumble and company have retained their poise.

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