Zaheer deserves punishment: Hayden

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Sydney, Oct 26 (UNI) Opening batsman Matthew Hayden today asserted that Zaheer Khan was not playing in the true spirit of the game and the Australian team would be dissappointed if the Indian pace bowler was not fined by the match referee for his comments.

''I just think there is a certain way that cricket is expected to be played. I think we would have been disappointed as a side if something hadn't happened to Zaheer,'' Hayden was qouted as saying by 'The Herald Sun'.

''Put the shoe on the other foot - if that is Ricky Ponting running from deep extra cover to fine leg to offer Sachin Tendulkar a word of advice on the way off, what's going to happen?'' he asked.

Pace spearhead Zaheer Khan was fined 80 per cent of his match fee after he was found guilty of breaching the ICC Code of Conduct during the second Test against Australia at Mohali.

However, Hayden who once described Harbhajan Singh as an ''obnoxious little weed'' has said he was quite happy the way the Indian off-spinner has played within the spirit.

''For me, someone like Harbhajan has been exceptional this trip. I think he has been passionate without being overboard at all,'' Hayden said.

Hayden also added there is lot of expectations from a India-Australia Test and during the games the tension is bound to happen as both the team are fierce competitiors.

''It's India playing Australia and it should mean a lot to you. There should be passion, it should be evident there is friction and tension on the field. It's not park cricket. The expectations of us is that it has got to be done in a way that is within the laws of the game and our own spirit of the game,'' he said.

''There has only been a few instances really of challenges to the spirit of cricket and they have been dealt with pretty well by 'Broady', he added.


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