Former Australian cricketer Matthew Hayden on Sunday said incidents of racist attacks on Indians in Australia had caused "tremendous hurt" but asserted that Australians were all welcoming and took pride in hosting people from India, his second home.
The former Australian opening batsman and member of the Indian Premier League's Chennai Super Kings Franchise, Hayden, offered his condolences to the families of the Indian victims and said authorities should ensure everybody's safety.
"There has been a tremendous deal of hurt that has been caused by these racist incidents here in Australia. To that I want to say that my sincerest condolences to their families," Hayden told NDTV.
Contending that he loved touring India and considered that country as his "second home", Hayden said Australians also take pride in welcoming people from India.
"In particular, out here, if I can speak on behalf of Australia and Australians, we pride ourselves in welcoming all those people," the 38-year-old prolific batsman said.
"... And to ensure their safety through good security, good police force and tremendous federal bureaus which actually control all crimes in the country," he added.
The southpaw said he had himself enjoyed great freedom and "such incredible brotherhood" in India.