Basseterre (St Kitts): Glenn McGrath and Brad Hodge joined the chorus in slamming Sunil Gavaskar for linking Australian behaviour with the death of David Hookes, saying the Indian great's remarks could ``damage his relationship'' with Australian cricket.

``It is very disrespectful. Sunny was an amazing cricketer, but I think this time he's gone beyond,'' McGrath said.

``Fair enough, if that's what he thinks, he's allowed to comment on the team. But I think when you start bringing David Hookes into it that's crossing the line," McGrath said.

McGrath, known for his use of abusive language on the field to unsettle batsmen and for being engaged in an ugly verbal duel with Ramnaresh Sarwan in Antigua in 2003, said Gavaskar's outburst could damage his relationship with Australian cricket.

Disappointing

``I think potentially it could be, we'll wait and see. The comments in themselves are very disappointing when he's mentioning David Hookes and you really feel for Hookesy's family,'' McGrath was quoted as saying in the media.

McGraths's teammate Hodge also sounded upset about Gavaskar dragging in his former coach Hookes' name into the matter.

``Pretty disappointed. I'm disappointed about comments made about my former coach David Hookes. That's all I am going to say about it,'' Hodge said. PTI

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