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ICC World T20 2014: Darren Lehmann brands Australia-West Indies war of words as ‘banter’

Darren Lehmann feels the war of words between Australian and West Indies players should not be taken seriously © Getty Images
Darren Lehmann feels the war of words between Australian and West Indies players should not be taken seriously © Getty Images

Karachi: Mar 30, 2014

Australia coach Darren Lehmann has reportedly tagged the exchange of words between his players and the West Indies players as ‘banter’ as his team prepares for their clash against group leader India at the World Twenty20 on March 30.

Australian paceman James Faulkner had reportedly commented before the clash that he did not particularly like West Indies.

According to The Dawn, Lehmann said that according to his point of view Faulkner should chose his words a little bit carefully, but added that it is just ‘part and parcel’ of the ‘ banter ‘ of the game.

Lehmann also said that they are in the entertainment business adding that if he could dance like Chris Gayle he would be dancing every night of the week.

Lehmann further said that Australia plays their cricket hard adding that verbally that is what is going to happen, but he said that they play it fair.

The West Indies team staged an exaggerated celebration with Gayle leading a ‘Gangnam’ jig as their captain Darren Sammy hit two consecutive sixes in the last over by Faulkner, to take his side to a six-wicket win over Australia, the report added.

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