22 Sep 2008

Australia will be on best behaviour says Ponting

6:29 pm on 22 September 2008

The Australia cricket captain Australia captain Ricky Ponting has vowed there'll be no repeat of the bitter feuding that marred his team's last series against India when the sides square off next month.

Ponting is expecting both teams to be on their best behaviour for the four-test series, to be played on the Indian subcontinent in October and November.

Both teams have been put on notice by their boards after relations between the sides plunged to an all-time low during India's tour of Australia last season, forcing the International Cricket Council to intervene and broker a truce.

The Indian board suspended the tour for two days after their spinner Harbhajan Singh was found guilty of racially abusing Australia's only black player Andrew Symonds.

The crisis was averted when the ICC agreed to India's demands to sack West Indian umpire Steve Bucknor and Harbhajan's charges were downgraded to the lesser offence of using abusive language.

Ponting also expressed his confidence in the security arrangements for the tour after the trip was almost cancelled because of a bombing in New Delhi last week.