India vs Australia: Former Aussie leg-spinner Kerry O’Keeffe responds to on-air comments

On day one of the Test, O'Keeffe had underplayed Mayank Agarwal's Ranji triple-century, saying it must have come against a "Canteen Staff" attack and later in the match, he had even struggled to pronounce some of the India players' names.

“When I made a remark about Indian first-class batting averages within their domestic cricket competition being made against a "canteen" bowling attack, I was being entirely tongue in cheek," said Kerry O’Keeffe.   -  getty images

Following his comments on television that angered the Indian team and fans, former Australian leg-spinner Kerry O’Keeffe has given an explanation for his words in an open letter on foxsports.com.au.

He wrote, "I am coming to terms with how negatively those words have been interpreted. That interpretation is not who I am. It is not what I represent. My style as a commentator is to attempt to find a quirky view to lighten up some of the serious analysis.”

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He added, “When I made a remark about Indian first-class batting averages within their domestic cricket competition being made against a "canteen" bowling attack, I was being entirely tongue in cheek. I was certainly not disrespecting Indian cricket, where I toured as a schoolboy and for which I have the greatest admiration as a cricketing nation.”

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O’Keeffe wrote, "I accept that some fans may not always relate to my sense of humour - but missing the mark on a joke between overs is vastly different to what I've been accused of on Twitter and in some sections of the media in recent days.

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"I pride myself on doing extensive research before a match and when I stumbled over the names of Pujara and Jadeja on Day Four, I took a swipe at myself for getting them wrong.”

He said, "There was no intention to ridicule those two wonderful players and I am horrified by any suggestion to the contrary. I had spent months researching and analysing these two players and when the moment arrived, I stuffed it up. The joke was on me."