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'Crowd behavior won't bother me'

Muralitharan says he is not concerned about the possible crowd jeering during the upcoming Test series against Australia.

cricket Updated: Oct 24, 2007 19:08 IST

Sri Lankan off-spinner Muthiah Muralitharan said he is not bothered about the possible crowd jeering during the Test series against Australia and is looking forward to the challenge.

"I am used to any situation and will accept the way it comes. Perhaps it may motivate me more to take on the challenge," Muralitharan told reporters in Colombo before leaving for Adelaide along with the Sri Lankan team.

Former captain Arjuna Ranatunga had earlier suggested that Muralitharan should not travel to Australia keeping in mind the previous sour experiences during the tours Down Under.

Muralitharan, who is just eight wickets away from Australian spin legend Shane Warne's world record of 708 Test scalps, said he was keen to achieve the feat in the Aussie land but was not too anxious about it.

"Obviously I would like to do it in Australia. If it doesn't (happen), it will happen in due course (home series against England). It (feeling) is the same as in the previous occasions except that the world record is nine wickets away," he said.

Muralitharan briefly held the record in 2004 before Warne overtook the Lankan's tally of 527 scalps.

The offie has played only three Tests in Australia, claiming eight wickets at 63.12.

Sri Lanka will open its campaign with a three-day clash against Cricket Australia Chairman's XI at the Adelaide Oval on Saturday.

First Published: Oct 24, 2007 14:53 IST