Hayden a liar and Gilchrist no saint, says Harbhajan

NEW DELHI, March 7, 2008 (AFP) – Controversial spinner Harbhajan Singh further deepened the animosity between India and Australia on Thursday when he called Matthew Hayden “a big liar” and Adam Gilchrist “no saint.” Harbhajan has been a thorn in Australia’s flesh since 2001 when he claimed 32 wickets in three home Tests to play a key role in ending their 16-match winning streak under Steve Waugh.

The Indian has been in the headlines on the acrimonious tour of Australia ever since he was banned for three matches for allegedly racially abusing Andrew Symonds during the second Test in Sydney in January.

The suspension was later overturned following an appeal hearing, but the relations between the two sides deteriorated as Hayden called Harbhajan an “obnoxious weed” on radio during the subsequent one-day series.

Harbhajan said he was upset when Hayden and wicketkeeper-batsman Gilchrist both supported Symonds in the racial row.

“Don’t talk about Hayden’s credibility, he is a big liar,” Harbhajan told the Delhi-based tabloid Mail Today.

“He (Gilchrist) is also not a saint. He, of course, pretends to be a saint — someone who doesn’t say an offensive word on the field.

“But this is completely