Ganguly didn~~t follow protocol, says Waugh

Published: Monday, April 9, 2001, 18:30 [IST]
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Sydney: Australian cricket captain Steve Waugh admitted on Monday that he was no friend of testy Indian counterpart Saurav Ganguly. The rival skippers had few good words to say about each other during the hotly contested Test and One-day matches, which ended last week after India had broken Australia's record run of Test wins. Waugh claimed Ganguly consistently arrived late for the toss and had disputed the result of one before the third One-day game. Ganguly claimed the Australians complained about anything and everything. "They are supposed to be a good team, but to see them complaining every time is just schoolboy stuff," the Indian captain said last week. Waugh said Ganguly had failed to follow the proper channels. "There's a lot of protocols that weren't adhered to and I think it was probably his first major series as captain, so maybe you can put it down to inexperience," the Australian said after his last tour to India as a player. "But there were certain issues that we discussed and the match referee discussed and the last (One-day) game was a lot more pleasant. But it was, I guess, a testing relationship," he said. "I can't say I got on that well with him, I'd be lying if I said that." Waugh said Ganguly was probably the best man to lead India at the moment, but he would like to see how he reacts to losing. "They've won a series against Australia which is a great performance," he said. "I give him credit, he's very competitive and knows what he wants. But at this stage, I guess he's in his honeymoon period and in another six months or so, we'll know where he really stands." Waugh said Australia could have easily levelled the Test series. "But that's the nature of the game, we didn't win the big moments and overall that really did cost us," he added. He agreed off spinner Harbhajan Singh bowled superbly but thought it was V V S Laxman's second Test 281 which turned the series around. "Without his innings, India didn't believe it could get runs against us. In the previous nine innings against us it didn't put up a big total and was in trouble again at three for 100 and still over 100 behind the follow-on," he said. "I think the 281 was one of the all-time great Test match innings and the way he did it showed the other players that they could go out and play positive." He praised prolific opening batsman Matthew Hayden for a "phenomenal tour" and suggested there was even more to come from the left-hander on the forthcoming Ashes series in England. "He is a world-class player and will continue getting better," Waugh said.

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