Emotional Waugh dismisses Harvey~~s criticism

Published: Thursday, January 10, 2002, 23:53 [IST]
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Melbourne: Australian captain Steve Waugh has dismissed criticism by former Test great Neil Harvey that his battle-scarred baggy green cap looks 'bloody terrible'. Waugh has taken great pride in wearing the same cap - now showing its age - throughout his 17-year international career. Despite the frayed peak and the worn kangaroo on the coat of arms, Waugh insists there is no need for a new one. "I'll continue to wear it so long as I think it's in a reasonable state - and I think it is fine at this stage," he declared on Thursday. "I have too many memories simply to discard it and, to be truthful, it's really no-one else's business." Harvey, a member of Don Bradman's 1948 'Invincibles' team, is often critical of the current Australian team and Waugh was unsurprised by his latest comments. "The cap looks bloody terrible, it really does, he needs to get another one," Harvey, one of Australia's greatest left-hand batsmen, told the 'Melbourne Herald- Sun'. "He is on camera all the time and it doesn't look the best. The cap has been valued at more than A$ 100,000 ($ 50,000) as a collector's item, but Waugh said money had nothing to do with it. "There's no price tag on it. I would never sell it, it's something I would probably keep in the family or donate to a museum some day," he said. "When I'm dead and buried, someone might sell it, but in my lifetime it'll never be sold. I think when the cap is worn out it will probably be a signal for me to leave and go - we might go hand in hand."

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