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Haddin, Gayle spat 'is over'

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Lee Gaskin

Chris Gayle and Brad Haddin share a laugh.

Chris Gayle and Brad Haddin share a laugh. Photo: Getty Images

TEST off-spinner Nathan Lyon is in no doubt what corner he will be in for Haddin v Gayle II, but the main combatants are eager to put their Big Bash League stoush to bed ahead of their much-anticipated rematch.

Veteran Australian wicketkeeper Brad Haddin will lock horns with master-blaster Chris Gayle for the first time since last month's on-field and Twitter feud, in Tuesday's Prime Minister's XI one-day match with the West Indies at Canberra's Manuka Oval.

Both Haddin and Gayle are doing their best to distance themselves from the conjecture, which stemmed from a fiery confrontation in the Sydney BBL derby last month. Gayle declined to be interviewed on Monday if he was asked about Haddin, who was just as dismissive when quizzed on the incident.

''I think it'll be all good,'' Haddin said. ''That was about a month ago and we're here to celebrate the Prime Minister's XI. That's not in my thoughts any more.''

Lyon, who was back where his career started in Canberra for a few days rest before the Test series in India, believes Haddin will come out on top. ''They're both great competitors … [but] I'm definitely putting my money on Brad Haddin, that's for sure,'' he said.

After a miserable series with the bat for the Sydney Thunder, Gayle celebrated loudly when he claimed Haddin's wicket in the match with the Sydney Sixers, beating his chest and breaking into his trademark Gangnam Style dance.

Haddin shook his head as he left the ground before the Sixers captain vented his anger to Fox Sports. ''He's been all talk so far this tournament and they haven't won a game,'' he said at the time. ''At least Thunder fans have seen Chris Gayle do something for his money.''

Gayle responded on Twitter, claiming he could bat better than Haddin with his non-preferred right hand. The 33-year-old hinted earlier this month he had a score to settle with Haddin.

''We'll see him in the future and maybe in international cricket we might meet again,'' Gayle told News Ltd. ''We'll see what happens then.''

While Gayle has struggled for runs with the Thunder, scoring just one half-century during his lucrative stint, he's regained form in the West Indian domestic competition ahead of the five-match one-day series against Australia, starting on Friday.

West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo, who played alongside Haddin at the Sixers, is confident the issue is in the past. ''Whatever blows up in the media mustn't be taken to heart,'' he said.

''Chris is a very easygoing guy and Haddin is a lovely guy also. They will both put it behind them and enjoy the game tomorrow.''

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