Queensland premier backs Aussies to queer India pitch

Published: Wednesday, September 15, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Bangalore:Harbouring the hope that the Ricky Ponting led Australian team would upset the Indian applecart during the forthcoming four test series beginning next month, visiting Queensland Premier Peter Beattie on Wednesday said Ponting's men could do what his country has not been able to do in the last 36 years.

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.

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