Melbourne, Nov.26 : Former Australian captain Steve Waugh has advised all-rounder Andrew Symonds to change his behavior towards the public and be more respectful with his teammates.
Though unwilling to comment on last week's Normanby Hotel fracas in Brisbane , Waugh said such problems can largely be avoided by sticking with a polite attitude and walking away from trouble.
"My philosophy is don't look down on people who look up to you. Sometimes you are larger than life to people, they might have only seen you on TV or whatever, you have to be polite,' the Daily Telegraph quoted Waugh, as saying.
"Most of the time the easier option is to give the person their autograph or have the picture taken. It takes longer to say no than just to oblige with a fan's request - as long as the person is respectful," he added.
"If they aren't respectful, it can be a delicate situation but you just have to back out of it before it becomes a problem. How you handle that makes the difference. If someone gets a bit aggressive you just have to shrug your shoulders and walk away," he said.
"He (Symonds) would already know the right way to handle these situations. I know he has been doing work with (sports psychologist) Phil Jauncey recently, so he would have been through all these (behavioural) things before I am sure," he said.
"At the end of the day you can't hold his hand, he has to take responsibility for his own actions," Waugh said.