Sydney: For the Australian cricketers Ashes seems to be passe at least for now because they get great pleasure in thrashing India.
''I think India is close on being my favourite side to beat.
They've almost taken the number one seed off England in a lot of ways,'' Opener Matthew Hayden told 'Sydney Morning Herald'.
''It's a side that within it's psyche has amazing highs and amazing lows. So it doesn't take long to realise they're at a low when you're standing in front of 70,000 people at a stadium and you can hear a pin drop.'' ''It's a great position to be in and you know you've got them beat,'' he said.
''Our ambition is to keep their crowd as quiet as we possibly can and just play good cricket. It's not a personal thing,'' he added.
He also had a dig at Indians pretending to be aggressive saying that one just can't be aggressive for the sake of it and the Australian retaliated by coming hard on them in the one-day series.
''I think it's one of the greatest misconceptions of this side ever, that it's aggressive. I think what we are, it extends from our culture, is just having a great mateship and camaraderie within any kind of team,'' Hayden said.
McGrath's little piece of advice to Sree?: Meanwile, former bowling great Glenn McGrath has given a piece of advice to Indian seamer Sreesanth that to prove his worth he should back up his aggression with performace adding that it was high time the youngster performed with the ball.
''At the end of the day you've got to be able to back it up. You can talk the talk but if you can't go out there and perform then you're not going to be around for very long,'' McGrath told The Australian.
He was also not convinced that Sreesanth's on-field aggression was natural because ''I've had a chat to him a few times and it doesn't seem to be in his character,'' he said.
''He's trying to be aggressive and it's a little bit unusual,'' Mcgrath said adding, ''You want your fast bowler to be aggressive.
Giving blokes send-offs or sledging when you talk back I don't agree with but that's up to the officials to sort out.'' He had a word of caution for the Indians who will be visiting the Down Under later this saying the visitors should expect enough hostility during the series.
''The Indians really don't like the quicker or bouncier wickets so we'll wait and see what happens. I'm sure they'll come and try to be aggressive but I think no-one does it better than the Australian team.''