Haddin welcomes 'normal' Kiwi crowd taunts

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Hamilton, Mar.8 (ANI): Australian wicket-keeper Brad Haddin has said that the Kiwi fans hostile taunts against his team will have "zero effect" during the third one-day international at Hamilton.

Mitchell Johnson, who was fined 60 per cent of his match fee after a physical clash with Kiwi batsman Scott Styris in Wednesday's first one-dayer in Napier, was under attack from the fans at Auckland's Eden Park three days later.

Taunted by the crowd as a "wanker", Johnson later became one of the heroes of Australia's 12-run win, taking 4-51.

Australia captain Ricky Ponting and Greatbatch both felt the strong barracking from the crowd boosted Johnson, but Haddin said it had no impact.

"It has zero effect," he said.

"Everywhere you go in the world the crowds are interacting with the players. When New Zealand come to Australia it's no different for their players. I don't think the crowd had anything to do with Mitchell's performance. It's good the crowd get involved and they show they're enjoying the show we're putting on," Fox Sports quoted him, as saying further.

We've felt safe and we always have. We enjoy coming to New Zealand. It's a good place to tour. It's all in good humour," he added. (ANI)

Story first published: Monday, March 8, 2010, 16:52 [IST]
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