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Off the field, Oz are good guys: Cairns

Australia receive some moral backing from unexpected quarters, arch-rivals New Zealand.

india Updated: Nov 09, 2006 13:01 IST

World champions Australia, under fire for their questionable behaviour on the Champions Trophy podium, on Wednesday received some moral backing from unexpected quarters -- their arch-rivals New Zealand.

Kiwis left-arm spinner Daniel Vettori and former all-rounder Chris Cairns said the incident was "unfortunate" but urged the Indian media to "keep it in context".

In fact, Cairns said his trans-Tasman rivals might come across as tough blokes on the field but off the field, they were "good guys".

"It was an unfortunate incident. I think they (the Australians) might regret it somewhat, but it is not something to be debated upon. We should put it behind us and move on," Vettori said.

Cairns was more forthright.

"It was an unfortunate end to a fantastic tournament. But it is important not to blow it out of proportion," the 36-year old charismatic player said.

"I have seen it on television myself and I think words like nudging and pushing were not the right ones to describe it. The BCCI President himself has made no complaints about it.

"Given a second chance, I am sure the Aussies would do it differently. But it has more to do with the situation. We must keep it in context."

The New Zealanders were here on a promotional visit.

The Australians received the flak for their manner of celebration while receiving the Champions Trophy from BCCI President Sharad Pawar in Mumbai on Sunday.

First Published: Nov 08, 2006 16:35 IST