Australia A captain, Usman Khawaja, was delighted with his side’s 10 wicket win over India A in Chennai and revelled in words exchanged between the two sides.
Khawaja dismissed suggestions that there was any bad blood between the two sides.
“We were just having a bit of fun and there was nothing that went over the line,” Khawaja said. “I like it and the boys will always get heated and I’m happy if our guys say something and the Indians say something back – I’m just there smiling at first slip most of the time – it’s good for the game.
“The same thing happens when India come to Australia and you always hear David Warner or Virat Kohli,” Khawaja continued. “I think it’s good for the game as long as they don’t cross the line.
“It makes it entertaining. I like watching it and I don’t hold anything against anyone who sledges me on the field, as long as they don’t cross that line and I think most players know where that line is.”
The victory in the second match, which saw the Australians take the two-match series 1-0, was Khawaja’s first experience of a four-day win in India.
“Very happy, I tried to take the pressure off the boys and not focus on the win too much,” he said. “Obviously we came here to win this series and it’s a big plus for us.
“I haven’t been involved in an Australian team before that’s come to India and won a four-day game, so it’s huge, and we won it by 10 wickets to spare, so it was a really good win.
“Credit to everyone. Obviously the batsmen, Bancroft batted beautifully and got a big hundred in this game and that kind of thing wins matches,” Khawaja continued. “And credit to the bowlers, I think they’ve been excellent throughout both games.
“The fast bowlers have put on pressure. The spinners have taken a lot of wickets, but without the fast bowlers doing the hard work I don’t think that would be possible.
“Credit to all the guys that have come to Chennai in this heat and done really well.”
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