HARBHAJAN DESTROYS WINDIES WHILE MONTY TAKES TIPS TO TORMENT AUSSIES
Dravid on Bhajji
Dravid was also full of praise for Harbhajan, whose superb spell with the ball was preceded by a gritty 37 with the bat. "One of the positives to come out was the way Harbhajan batted," he said. "We give our lower order a lot of batting, and that was stressed during the camps in Bangalore. It's nice to see that some of that has paid off, at least in terms of Harbhajan, if not anyone else. When you're playing with just six frontline batsmen, you're taking a bit of a gamble and if people like Ajit and Harbhajan can contribute, which they're capable of, it makes a big difference."
Prince Lara on Bhajji
"He tries to get wickets and is always a good attacking bowler in one-day cricket"
Monty gets ready to torment Aussies. He is reported to have sought support from a sport psychologist.
Monty feels the heat by Robert Craddock in Courier mail
New Zealand's champion paceman Hadlee believes Panesar is right to seek specialist help but feels the timeless advice Chappell gave to him in the mid-1980s is as good as any for a cricketer under siege.
"Greg took me aside and said I was over-reacting to the crowds and if you antagonise them or show them they are getting to you it will only get worse," Hadlee said from New Zealand yesterday.
"In the early days as a young puppy I overreacted.
"Greg said forget about the distractions and do your talking with the ball – and at the end of the day there there more Test wickets for me against Australia than any other nation. I think it worked out pretty well.
"He said the only thing I had to remember was that if they had a go at you they rated you and at the end of the day it was a compliment.
"Basically he said 'just settle down'. Those comments became a tower of strength to me."
Hadlee initially was unnerved by the abuse – particularly the infamous "Hadlee's a wanker" chant – and tried to tackle the problem head-on in his News Limited column by questioning the way Australian parents were raising children capable of hurling such abuse.
It was not until Chappell firmly advised him to do his talking with the ball and show no sign of weakness that he found he could cope.
He admits it wasn't easy.
"It's a question of how you deal with it," he said. "It is easy to say ignore it – and that's the right advice – but it is difficult to do when it's in your face.
"I can understand why Panesar would seek a psychologist. I would have used one if they had been travelling with the team when I was around.
"It was a very difficult time for me around 1980-81 but after that it was payback."