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India paceman Zaheer Khan has hit back at comments by Australia wicketkeeper Brad Haddin that the tourists are mentally fragile.

Australia took a 2-0 lead in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy series thanks to convincing victories at Melbourne and Sydney.

That prompted Haddin to declare India were a “fragile side” who “broke quicker than anyone”.

“We know this side can be as fragile as any team in the world if things aren’t going their way,” Haddin said. “And they can turn on each other and the media turns on them pretty quick.

“We knew if we could keep them out there (in the field) and put the numbers like we did on the board we knew we’d get the rewards because they break quicker than anyone in the world.”

Zaheer, however, responded by criticising Haddin’s wicketkeeping.

“Well Brad Haddin, I think he should focus on his keeping, that looked really fragile to me,” Zaheer said. “He needs to start moving.”

Asked whether mind games had begun again between the two sides, he added: “I think, by the sound of it, it looks like Haddin is appointed for that in the Australian team.”

Asked whether Haddin should keep his place in Australia’s Test line-up, Khan said: “I think he’s doing all the talk... so he’s definitely playing his role.”

Some of the India players took time off to go go-karting on Tuesday and Zaheer claimed it was important to take a break.

“It’s important on a tour like this, where we are playing four Test matches, it’s really important that we use the time in between wisely,” he said. “Especially for fast bowlers, you need to make sure your workload is monitored depending on how much you actually worked in a Test match.”