Symonds warns of scorching Oz tour for Indians

Published: Sunday, October 14, 2007, 3:35 [IST]
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SymondsMelbourne: Australian all-rounder Andrew Symonds has warned India of hard times when they come for a four Test series down under this December.

''They're saying they've built up this new Indian team, but we'll see how much they've changed at the end of our summer,'' Symonds was quoted as saying in Newscorp newspaper today.

The Australian cricketer of Caribbean origin has issued a veiled threat of hard times for the Indians, who are considered suspect against genuine fast-bowling on bouncy wickets on Australian turfs.

''Ok, they've beaten us in a Twenty20 game and one one-dayer in four years. You can't gauge much on that, but we'll see how this so-called new Indian team goes on our soil.'' The fiery cricketer has mocked the way India has been celebrating the Twenty20 world Cup triumph and Chandigarh ODI win over Australia. ''The Indian Government gave them a heap of money.

Yuvraj Singh got a Porsche. Blokes are getting houses and blocks of land,'' Symonds writes in Newscorp newspaper.

''It's been irritating because it's been in our face. We see them on television every day,'' the inform all-rounder has written in anger and, what may also be interpreted as, a tinge of jealousy.

Andrew Symonds has also continued with Australians attack on Indian pacer Shanthakumaran Sreesanth and seasoned spinner Harbhajan Singh.

''There are just a couple of them who seem to spark things.

Sreesanth and Harbhajan Singh are the ones we are clashing with most,'' fiery cricketer said.

''We don't mind blokes having a go and standing up for themselves, but he has gone above and beyond what's acceptable,'' Symonds writes about Kerala speedster.

Australians, like other non-South Asian teams, have always struggled on Indian tours. The current outfit touring India does not seem to be an exception to this.

''Playing over here is so hostile. This is my fifth time here and the key is you can't let the language barrier and the conditions get on top of you,'' says Andrew Symonds.

The day-to-day stuff can wear you down and cricket can suddenly become a chore, he further writes.

Andrew Symonds, who was a victim of an alleged incident of racial vilification by Indian spectator at Vadodra, has expressed his desire to move on with life.

''I'm not allowed to comment on exactly what went on, but I'm not the most deadly serious bloke. Life goes on,'' Australian cricketer writes.


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