Hobart:Harbhajan Singh on Tuesday came under a fresh attack by Australian cricketers with opener Matthew Hayden calling the off-spinner an "obnoxious little weed", a remark which has the potential to create more bad blood between the two teams.
The Indian spinner, who was at the centre of a racism row involving Andrew Symonds, has borne the brunt of the Australian sledging during the explosive tour, which has been marked by a series of verbal exchanges between rival players.
"It's been a bit of a long battle with Harbhajan, the first time I ever met him he was the same little obnoxious weed that he is now", Hayden said on Brisbane radio.
"His record speaks for itself in cricket. There is a certain line that you can kind of go to and then you know where you push it and he just pushes it all the time.
"That's why he has been charged more than anyone that's ever played in the history of cricket," Hayden said.
Hayden's fresh salvo came a day after the Indian team management lodged a written complaint with Match Referee Jeff Crowe regarding Australia players' "provocative" behaviour. Hayden and Harbhajan were involved in an ugly tussle at the SCG on Sunday with the Indians claiming that the
Australian opener had termed the Indian a "mad boy." However, Hayden made light of the incident and claimed
India was complaining because "they are losing every game they are playing."
"I called him a bad boy," Hayden insisted.