• Harbahajan Singh's declaration that he is not out to make friends against Australia has fired up his foe opener Matthew Hayden, who said such comments would only inspire him to perform better against the hosts.

    Sydney: Harbahajan Singh's declaration that he is not out to make friends against Australia has fired up his foe opener Matthew Hayden, who said such comments would only inspire him to perform better against the hosts.

     

    The 36-year-old said he doesn't harbour any grudge against the off-spinner who drew the ire of the Aussies during the series between the two teams early this year.

     

    'There is a lot less of the personal tension with Harbhajan than what is made out. In a lot of ways, I feel if that is affecting him, it's a good thing for me because I don't feel I am harbouring any massive resentment," Hayden was quoted as saying in the Sydney Morning Herald.

     

    'I think he is a very good bowler and it is challenging to play well. Over the years those kind of tensions have always

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  • Former New Zealand all-rounder Craig McMillan feels Australia no more have the same aura of invincibility and says India will be the firm favourites in the upcoming four-Test series beginning in Bangalore on October 9.

    Former New Zealand all-rounder Craig McMillan feels Australia no more have the same aura of invincibility and says India will be the firm favourites in the upcoming four-Test series beginning in Bangalore on October 9.

     

    The captain of Indian Cricket League (ICL) Kolkata Tigers team, McMillan, said Australia were yet to fill up the big void left by Shane Warne and in the absence of a good spin attack it will be a tough series from the tourists point of view.

     

    "The Australians have come with a big weakness. In home conditions, I feel it will be tough for them to bowl out the Indians. With the inexperienced spinners, there is a big question mark over them to take 20 wickets. India are the favourites," the 32-year-old said.

     

    Aussies' weak link in the spin department was

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  • Speaking to reporters, Kapil Dev said that a few decisions like the retirement of the senior players should be left to be discussed by the players and the selectors.

    New Delhi: Former Indian cricket captain and all-rounder Kapil Dev said that players should be allowed to decide when to retire and that the selectors should actively participate in such decisions.

     

    Speaking after donating blood on the occasion of the 59th anniversary of the Territorial Army (TA), Dev said that a few decisions like the retirement of the senior players should be left to be discussed by the players and the selectors.

     

    "It depends on the selectors and it is upon the players whether they want to continue playing further or not. Who are we to say anything? It depends on the selectors as to what they want to do and the players," said Dev.

     

    Dev was referring to the speculations and rumours that Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is planning an exit of senior players like Anil Kumble, Sourav Ganguly,

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