A war of words broke out on Tuesday between Indian and Australian cricketers ahead of the crucial third Test here with senior players of both sides taking digs at each other after Brad Haddin started the jibes by calling India a “fragile” team.

It got an angry response from Indian pace spearhead Zaheer Khan, who asked Haddin to focus on his own “fragile” wicketkeeping skills.

Equally sharp was the reaction of Australian pacer Peter Siddle, who felt the Indian left-arm paceman had got it all wrong.

“Zaheer saying he (Haddin) has got to concentrate on his keeping, I wouldn't like to see how good his (Zaheer) tips are on keeping. I don't think it's his place to say that either...

“Obviously, Zaheer is going alright at the moment and he likes to say those things,” he told reporters.

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