Addressing a gathering of Queensland and Karnataka industrialists at a meeting organised by the Federation of Karnataka Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FKCCI), Mr Beattie noted that former captain Steve Waugh, despite many accomplishments, rued not winning a series in India but was bullish that Kangaroos would pull it off this time round.
''We as nations shall remain long lasting friends, but on the ensuing test series, I'm pretty hopeful the Australians will conquer their so-called final frontier,'' he observed.
He singled out prolific Aussie and Queensland opener Mathew Hayden for special praise. "Hayden has been amazingly consistent over the past few seasons. He has made us proud," he added.