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Aussie players are idiots: Reid

Press Trust of India

Posted: Mar 09, 2010 at 1414 hrs IST

Wellington: Former New Zealand captain John Reid feels some members of the Australian cricket team are “idiots” who need to be reined in.

The comments of Reid, also a former ICC match referee, came after Australian paceman Mitchell Johnson head-butted Scott Styris in a show of aggression during the first one-dayer in Napier. “Generally the Australian team looks good, but there are a handful of idiots who need to be reined in,” Reid was quoted as saying in The Age. “Do your work with the bat and the ball, not your mouth.”

While some praised Johnson for sparking life into the series, Reid said the aggression displayed by the pacer was “not required”.

NZ struggle with injuries

New Zealand are struggling to find 11 fit players for the pivotal third ODI against Australia in Hamilton. With the series all square, Ross Taylor and James Franklin are expected to return for Tuesday’s match to boost the home side’s chances of going up 2-1 in the five match series, while Vettori will lead the side despite a stiff neck.

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