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Of Bhangra, Bhajji and a Perth Test

January 14, 2008

Australia and India called a truce to their week-long feud when rival captains Ricky Ponting and Anil Kumble met on Monday and the visitors dropped a complaint against spinner Brad Hogg.

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    Ponting and Kumble emerged from the one-hour meeting at a Perth hotel saying they had resolved their differences.

    "We're really happy with the outcome," Australia skipper Ponting told reporters. "We've decided from here on in this (four-match) series will be played in great spirit.

    Sending out a message of goodwill, India dropped the charge of abusive language by Hogg, saying it is time to move on with cricket.

    Match Referee Procter described India's move as a "magnificent gesture" while Hogg was also prompt to thank the Indians for letting him off the hook.

    It is learnt that the decision to drop the charges against Hogg was taken at the behest of Kumble in consultation with BCCI officials.

    The Australian players acknowledged they made some mistakes but said they have no intentions of abandoning their aggressive nature for a softer version.

    Photographs: Getty Images


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