Sree Santh to learn with experience Gillespie

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Sydney, Oct 24 (UNI) Fast bowler Jason Gillespie belives that it was stupidity on the part of Indian pacer Sree Santh to act the way as he did in the just concluded one-day series between India and Australian.

''Sree Santh didn't know quite where the line was drawn and looked like a goose, but he'll learn and he'll be better for the experience,'' the fast bowler said.

''I think a guy like him is great for cricket. I didn't see a lot of the series but I had a good laugh. I thought it was quite interesting television,'' he added.

Warning the Indian sub-continent teams, about the perils of touring Down Under, Gillespie told 'The Australian' that touring sides in Australia had always been given a hard time.

''With Murali coming out he always cops a gobful in Australia and he'll be expecting to cop that again,'' the South Australian pacer said.

''He might have to grin and bear it. You shouldn't have to but that's often the way it is unfortunately.'' The 32-year-old, claimed he was always abused by overseas crowds, with South Africa and New Zealand the worst, but just accepted it as part of the game.

However, he said the racial abuse which Symonds had received in India was ''totally unacceptable''.

''I totally sympathise with him, you shouldn't have to put up with that, but you wait until this summer,'' he said.

''Officials are threatening to throw out anyone using racial abuse but if a whole section of the crowd, like the blokes on the hill at Adelaide Oval, start racial abuse are they going to eject the whole hill, all 5000 people? ''I see where they (officials) are coming from, they're trying to do the right thing, but I think there are going to be instances.'' ''There have been instances over the years and I don't think it's going to be any different this summer,'' he said.

Gillespie also talks about the cultural and other differences between the Australian and subcontinental players.

''Players from the subcontinent play the game so differently to how we play the game,'' he said.

''What's happened in India recently has just highlighted that.

''They've tried to have this big, aggressive approach because they have been beaten by Australia on recent tours and feel that need to fight fire with fire.

''They don't understand sledging and why it happens.

''It's such a foreign concept to them. They think it should all be smiles and happy and talk to each other on the field. When we get out there and give them the blank stare or a 'get back in your crease' or whatever they get quite offended. It's just in their nature.'' ''They think 'what have I done to upset this man. I don't know him and yet he is abusing me.'' ''To us that's got nothing to do with it,'' he said.

Gillespie claims that the basic difference between South African, New Zealand and England players in comparison to Indian sub-continent players is ''what takes place on the field stays on the field'' but ''India and some of the other countries are a different kettle of fish.'' ''Australia has got better over the years, and certainly when I've been playing, at understanding the cultural differences,'' he said.

Fearing a backlash because of recent events on and off the field, Gillespie feels officials may crack down too hard on players, thus stiffling them.

''Administrators look at the glass half empty, unfortunately,'' he said.

''Sometimes you just get the feeling it's like this in all sport.

''Administrators can be quick to punish players. Fine them or suspended them to be seen to be doing something and look good to the public and in the media,''he stated.


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