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Hayden regrets 'weed' remark

The Australian batsman says his poor choice of words added "fuel to the fire" and he is keen to patch up with Harbhajan.
PTI | By HT Correspondent, Melbourne
UPDATED ON MAR 16, 2008 03:58 PM IST

Regretting his "obnoxious weed" remark on Harbhajan Singh, Australian opener Matthew Hayden said he made a mistake and was keen to patch up with the Indian off-spinner.

Hayden was sad that his poor choice of words added "fuel to the fire" as India's tour Down Under this summer was already packed with controversies.

"I don't know how Harbhajan is feeling but he made it clear how he feels about our team. To put closure on my indiscretion (calling Harbhajan an "obnoxious little weed"), I could have used a different choice of words. In 15 years of cricket, I had a slip. It wasn't to disgrace or denigrate Harbhajan," Hayden said.

"I could have gone for a different turn of phrase. In the end all I did was put fuel on a fire that already existed. It wasn't necessary. It was a mistake," the burly Aussie opener told The Courier Mail.

On Harbhajan calling him a "big liar," Hayden said he would like to talk to the offie and try to improve their relation.

"What I'd like to is have a chat to Harbhajan when we get to India. I want to sit down with him and see if there is any way we can move forward with our relationship because it hasn't been great. I'd like to see where he's at and see if we can patch up our differences. Frankly, everyone is sick of it."

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