Sydney: Both Australian and Sri Lankan players have declared that there is no remaining animosity over the heated confrontation which took place at the end of the second Twenty20 (T20) match between the two teams at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Sri Lankan T20 captain Angelo Mathews dismissed the post-match spat with the Australians, including Glenn Maxwell, as just a heat of the moment incident, and said that it is natural to have a few sparks as both the teams played hard.
Echoing Mathew’s views, Maxwell said in Twitter that Sri Lankan players had apologised for their behaviour in their post-match confrontation, although the batting all-rounder said he too had apologised.
Maxwell dismissed rumours of a dispute with senior Sri Lankan batsman Mahela Jayawardene, his team-mate at the Indian Premier League team Delhi Daredevils, and said that he has a good friendship with Jayawardene.
The incident occurred when a group of Lankan players had a lengthy conference with Thisara Perera just before the final delivery during the match, leading to an outburst from Maxwell. In response, Perera shouted at Maxwell after the last ball.
Defending the conference with Perera, Mathews said that he wanted to maintain calm and urged Perera to go with his instinct, considering he played well even in the adverse conditions.
Australia captain George Bailey said he was not fully aware of the cause and extent of the spat, given he had been dismissed early in the last over, but agreed there could have been discontent over Sri Lanka`s over-rate.