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Dhoni hopes to keep India's Australia tour 'fireworks free'


December 12, 2011 - Chennai

Acknowledging that India's 2008 tour of Australia became infamous for the 'monkeygate' racism row between Harbhajan Singh and Andrew Symonds, Indian captain M.S. Dhoni today said that he hopes to keep the latest tour away from controversies.

Addressing a press conference along with coach Duncan Fletcher before leaving the country in Chennai, Dhoni said that he will advice his players to keep the verbal fireworks off, and let the bat and ball do the talking.

"We will try to keep the fireworks off because it's not about the fireworks that goes on the field, but still there are chances. We have seen that both the sides have got talented players, if somebody like Virender Sehwag starts going there is going to be fireworks on the field, not on the verbal side though more with the bat," Dhoni said.

"If the bowlers get going the ball will do the talking, so hopefully we will try to keep the controversies away," he added.

During India's 2008 tour of Australia, Symonds had accused Harbhajan of racially abusing him by calling him a monkey, but Harbhajan was let off the hook after the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) threw its weight around.

The first Test of the series starts in Melbourne on December 26.

The remaining Tests will be played in Sydney, Perth and Adelaide. The Tests will be followed by two Twenty20 internationals, before Sri Lanka join in for a one-day tri-series from February 5.

ANI

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