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Symonds warns Indians of backlash

MELBOURNE: Australian all-rounder Andrew Symonds has added fuel to his simmering duel with Indians by describing the ongoing tour as “hostile” and warning the team of a backlash when it tours Down Under this year.

Symonds, who is engaged in a war of words with the hosts since the seven-match series began, said he knew India was “never an easy place to tour, but I am surprised how hostile it has been”.

The all rounder, on his fifth tour of India, said the ‘World Twenty20 champions’ still had a lot to prove and were set for a searing summer in Australia.

“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,” he was quoted as saying by the ‘Sunday Telegraph’.

“We have had the edge on them here and we will get them again in Australia this summer. 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,” he said.

On the crowd making ‘monkey chants’ at him during the fifth one-dayer in Vadodara, he said “I don’t know what is going to transpire from what happened to me the other day.

“I am a pretty liberal sort of bloke. But racism is a big issue in world sport, not just cricket. It is a sensitive issue and guys have been made an example of in the past, but what do you do in this instance if it’s coming from the crowd?

“I’m not allowed to comment on exactly what went on, but I’m not the most deadly serious bloke. Life goes on.”

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