Sreesanth dares Australia for tri-series

S Sreesanth has not set his foot on Australian soil yet but the spunky Kerala speedster has already issued a warning.

updated: January 25, 2008 14:21 IST
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New Delhi:

S Sreesanth has not set his foot on Australian soil yet but the spunky Kerala speedster has already issued a warning, asking Ricky Ponting's men to watch out for him in the forthcoming tri-series in Australia.

A renowned Australia antagonist, Sreesanth is aware that spotlight would be on him Down Under because of his frequent run-ins with Ricky Ponting and his teammates, especially Andrew Symonds.

That, however, does not bother the pacer.

"I'm not scared of anyone. On the contrary, I think Australia should be scared of me because I'm back. And I'm back after a rest too," he told reporters here today.

Having featured in numerous eyeball-to-eyeball confrontation with Symonds during Australia's ODI series last year, Sreesanth knows he would be under scrutiny but does not lose his sleep over the prospect.

"Well, I always loved spotlight," he quipped.

Perhaps aware that India's ongoing Australia tour has already seen enough bad blood, Sreesanth, however, vowed that he would never overstep the line.

"Sreesanth will always remain Sreesanth. I love the game and play it with passion. I would always follow my heart.

"But having said that, I know the rules of the game and I would never overstep. I would never do something that can affect the spirit of the game," he said.

"I know how to control my aggression. I can assure you that the passion would be same but I would not cross the limit," said Sreesanth who was here for the Gatorade Speedster 2008, a talent hunt to find India's next pace sensation.

Repeated queries about another possible confrontation with Symonds irked the pacer who said, "I don't know why people keep talking about it.

"It's not about any particular batsman and I can tell you that I'm not scared of anyone."

The sprightly pacer would be making a comeback from a shoulder injury that kept him out of action since the ODI series against Pakistan.

In his absence, the trio of RP Singh, Irfan Pathan and Ishant Sharma have done an excellent job in Australia but Sreesanth did not look worried about how to find a place for himself in the attack.

"There is no competition among us. For me, everything is fine as long as India keeps winning," he said.

"Like I'm not averse to learning from the Australians, I would also approach fellow Indian pacers to share with me how they succeeded there."

He rued missing the Test series against Australia but said he could not do anything about it.

"Of course I missed the Test series. But in cases like injuries, it's beyond your control."

That, however, could not stop him from celebrating India's Perth Test win in Bangalore.

"I was training at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) where we watched the match in large screen. It was a great win so we had a party and great fun.