Styris urges Kiwis to emulate Aussie aggression

Published: Sunday, February 4, 2007, 23:53 [IST]
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Sydney:New Zealand all-rounder Scott Styris has told his teammates to stop complaining about the ''arrogant'' behaviour of the Australians and instead try and emulate the World Champions' ''confrontational attitude'' for greater success.

Styris said far from being criticised, the Aussies should be admired for never being abusive while sledging and Kiwis would benefit if they manage to learn the art to be more competitive.

Styris's comments have come after Kiwi opener Lou Vincent criticised Ricky Ponting's men for being bullish and arrogant.

Vincent said the Australians considered themselves to be ''bigger than the game'' and hunted ''like a pack of dogs''.

However, Styris felt his teammate's comments should not be blown out of proportion and insisted that Aussies never uttered anything offensive during their verbal attacks.

''I don't know that 'worst' is the right word to use; they are probably the best at it. Whether they are international cricketers or not, there's a lot of guys running around the county scene who are very confrontational and in your face, and you just know that's the way cricket is played (in Australia),'' Styris was quoted by The Australian as saying.

''I don't think anybody holds that against them; they probably admire it, if anything. They are the best at it. They never start swearing at you and abusing you and calling you every name under the sun, it just doesn't happen,'' he added.

But Styris did agree that Ricky Ponting's men hunted like a pack of dogs but said any winning combination appears to play in that manner only.

''They are winning a lot of the games at the moment and they're playing pretty well, so they have every right to be confident. I think they hunt like a pack, but I think every side likes to do that as well,'' he explained.

''If anything, that's a bit of a compliment to the Australians.

If we want to match them, we have to match that confrontational attitude that they have and that will, in turn, give us a bit more confidence to do the same thing back,'' Styris added.


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