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Wade: No spat with Harbhajan

Chennai: Matthew Wade, on Sunday, said his exchange of words with Harbhajan Singh was more of a banter.

The incident happened in the 106th over of the Indian innings when a leg before appeal against Harbhajan was rejected by the umpire. That was also the first ball faced by Harbhajan and the two exchanged a few words at the end of the over.

Later Michael Clarke and Shane Watson were seen speaking to both the players. However, the incident was resolved.

“There was no row,” Wade clarified. “I think he got hit on the pads and he said he was outside the line. He said that there was nothing much and we moved on. There was definitely no spat or anything like that. It was purely a cricketing matter…”

But why did Clarke intervene then?

“Oh. That also came on the screen! I can tell you that there was no spat or anything like that. I cannot tell you much more than that,” the Australian wicket-keeper said.

Wade said they were not too worried on playing on this turning surface.

“Yes, it is breaking, but they showed us how to play on such a wicket. If we can come and perhaps play early tomorrow and play positively, we will still be in the game.”

Was it demoralising seeing Dhoni bat in that fashion?

“I haven’t thought anything like that. Dhoni played brilliantly and it was unbelievable. If anything, most of the younger players are in the sub-continent for the first time and can learn a lot from the way the Indian batsmen played today. It is about the learning curve.

“Yes, it is tough to play in the subcontinent. We were lucky to get Sachin’s wicket. Dhoni played beautifully. I think, in back of my mind, I know we have some tough days ahead.

“Hopefully, we do not have more tough ones. Individually, we got to be ready for the remaining two days, especially the bowlers. It will be about how we back ourselves as a team… Still, to bat on as long as we can will be important for us…”