Ganguly comes in support of Harbhajan

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Sydney, Jan 5 (UNI) Former India captain Sourav Ganguly today came in full support of his team mate Harbhajan Singh, who is accused of making racial comments against Australian all-rounder Andrew Symonds, saying the team needs a charachter like him.

Ganguly said ''Bhajji (Harbhajan) is a tough competitor and you need such a character on the field. He gives his 100 per cent every time in all departments of the game.'' Yesterday, Harbhajan was charged with a Level 3.3 offence under the ICC Code of Conduct following his on-field altercation with Andrew Symonds during the third day of second Test here yesterday.

The two players came face to face while Harbhajan was batting after completing his half century.

The summons did not seem to have any affect on turbanator as he continued his good form against Australian captain Ricky Ponting as he dismissed the latter for the eigth time in as many Test matches.

The spinner was ecstatic at achieving the feat and celeberated the wicket by rolling himself on the turf in front of the pavilion.

''Thank god he didn't roll in the dressing room,'' said Ganguly, referring to Harbhajan's on-field antic.

Harbhajan yesterday had denied the allegation of racism, but if found guilty, he can face a ban of between two and four Test matches or between four and eight one-day internationals.

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