Clarke downplays Gambhir-Katich verbal duel

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New Delhi, Oct 29 (UNI) Australian vice-captain Michael Clarke has downplayed the onfield confrontation between Indian opener Gautam Gambhir and Simon Katich during the third Test here today.

''I really don't know exactly what happened because I was standing a bit away at midwicket. The boys were talking to each other. I just asked Katich let it go and get on with the game,'' Clarke told mediapersons.

Gambhir had a heated exchange with Simon Katich, who had blocked his way at the non-striker's end. Skipper Ricky Ponting, umpire Billy Bowden and Michael Clarke had to intervene to take control of the situation.

Clarke praised the Indian batsmen for the way in which they bounced back despite suffering a couple of setbacks early in the innings.

The Australians had claimed the wickets of Virender Sehwag and Rahul Dravid to reduce India to 27 for two at one stage. But local lad Gautam Gambhir brought the Indian innings back on track.

''We contained the runs as far as we could. Gambhir and Sachin batted very well. Laxman batted well at the end,'' Clarke said.

''It was a flat surface to bat on and Indian batsmen really played well. After having watched Gambhir and Tendulkar bat, I am waiting for my turn,'' he added.

However, Clarke admitted that the Australian bowlers could have done better, specially in the post lunch session.

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