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  Sunday, 8 April, 2001, 02:48 GMT 03:48 UK
Ganguly: Aussies acted like schoolboys
Steve Waugh and Sourav Ganguly
Even the toss caused controversy
Indian captain Sourav Ganguly has accused the departing Australian team of childishness.

Despite captaining the side that ended Australia's record breaking unbeaten Test run, Ganguly is apparently still seething with bitterness.

"It just puts me off, they are complaining just about anything and everything," the Sunday Age newspaper quoted Ganguly as saying of the visitors.


They are supposed to be a good team but to see them complaining every time is just schoolboy stuff
Sourav Ganguly

"They are supposed to be a good team but to see them complaining every time is just schoolboy stuff.

"There seemed to be just too much of it, which started right from the beginning of the series."

Opposite number SteveWaugh targeted Ganguly even before Australia arrived for their three-test tour.

Waugh expressed concern Ganguly would receive specially-prepared pitches to suit his side as the world champion Australians attempted to win their first series in India in 31 years.

India ended Australia's world-record winning streak of 16 matches in the second test and won the series 2-1 before Australia salvaged some pride by claiming the limited overs series 3-2.

Waugh complained late in the tour that Ganguly had arrived late for the toss "seven times" and that Ganguly even once tried to wrongly claim he had won the toss before the match referee intervened.


He is a very seasoned pro and knows the business of cricket inside out
Ganguly on Steve Waugh

Ganguly averaged under 20 with the bat in the limited overs and test series as Waugh's men made their dislike for Ganguly obvious whenever he strode to the crease.

"He is a very seasoned pro and knows the business of cricket inside out," Ganguly said.

"He may have realised here that there are others who can play the same mental game," added Ganguly.

"I don't know and do not care whether he respects me or not. But I have a lot of respect for captains and players around the world.

"There were some words exchanged on the field, but that happens in the heat of battle. Also, we proved that they are not unbeatable."

Waugh said: "We got along reasonably well in the end. It's no good airing dirty laundry in public."

The Australian players arrive back home on Monday.

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