Abuse inspired me to play better: Symonds

Andrew Symonds claims his knock in the Nagpur ODI was inspired by racial abuse he was subjected to in the previous match in Vadodara.

updated: October 18, 2007 08:24 IST
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New Delhi:

The Future Cup witnessed some hot cricket and some hotter aggression. Neither the Indians nor the Aussies have stepped back from a fight, or a verbal duel, at the very least.

And one man who found himself in the eye of the storm is Andrew Symonds. From racial abuse to angry taunts, he's faced it all on this series.

The ominous words coming from him though are that the Indians are in for some rough treatment when it comes to the Aussies playing host.

Andrew Symonds has had very little to complain about his own performances in the series so far, his match winning knock in Nagpur clinching Australia the Future Cup Series.

Symonds claims the knock was inspired by racial abuse he was subjected to in the previous match in Vadodara.

Local authorities though are denying there were any monkey chants aimed at Symonds, leaving the middle order batsmen pretty annoyed.

"I am disappointed that the racial abuse was denied by authorities," he said.

Symonds is not just upset with Indian spectators, he is also quite peeved with the members of the Indian team and Harbhajan Singh and Sreesanth top that list.

The Indian pacer has got under Symonds' skin on more ocassions than one and the Aussie hasn't really stepped down. Symonds, though had the last laugh, when Sreesanth dropped him on two in the Nagpur ODI and he went onto add 105 more to that score.

But it's not just Sreesanth, his angst with the whole Indian team is apparent in his column in the 'News Limited', in which he wrote, "what annoys us most is when they are going well they will have a shot at you. But when they aren't they forget to shake hands at the end of the game."

So far the only action thats been taken against the rampant on field aggression has been an equal warning to both sides by the match referee in Kochi.

But Symonds has taken it upon himself to try and set things right. He has warned the Indians will get the rough end of the stick when they travel to Australia later this year.

For now the Indians are taking it in the right spirit, and using the opportunity to harden up ahead of their tour Down Under.

The Indians can take solace in the fact that there is a process in place to counter on field aggression. But Symonds' claims of racial abuse could see some pretty hostile crowd behaviour in Australia against the Indians.