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Christian unhappy with SACA ban
Jim Morton
17:28 AEST Thu Nov 22 2012

Dan Christian has rejected the offer of anger management counselling and denied temperament problems after being suspended for damaging dressing rooms.

Christian has accepted a one-match ban for a series of post-dismissal flare-ups in the past month but believes the punishment meted out by the South Australian Cricket Association is harsh.

The fringe Australian allrounder also remains adamant there's no danger of any repeats of property damage to dressing rooms in Adelaide, Hobart and Perth.

Christian on Thursday described them as "isolated instances" and wouldn't be attending anger management classes.

"They've been offered but I don't think I need them to be honest with you," he said at the Brisbane Heat's Big Bash League launch.

"I've learned my lesson and will move on.

"I'm not concerned about it at all. It's been happening for years and I'm sure I won't be the last bloke to be disappointed when he gets out."

Christian is missing the Redbacks' Sheffield Shield clash with Victoria, starting on Friday in Melbourne, but is confident of regaining his place for Wednesday's one-dayer.

He was Australia's Test 12th man against New Zealand last summer and has played 17 one-day internationals and 11 Twenty20 internationals without cementing his spot.

SACA director of cricket Jamie Cox hinted the extended period on the edge of the national team had contributed to the 29-year-old's frustrations boiling over on recent batting failures.

Christian said he understood the SACA's position but indicated he felt the ban was heavy-handed.

"I'm obviously a little bit disappointed but there's not much I can do really, just cop it on the chin and get back to training and perform well on the field," he said.

Christian is one of seven big-name players from outside the state who'll boost the Heat for the upcoming Twenty20 competition.

Former Queensland Bulls Shane Watson and Mitchell Johnson have also signed on from interstate while West Indies quick Kemar Roach and New Zealand spinner Daniel Vettori will also headline the Brisbane team.

South African paceman Dale Steyn will play one match for the Heat, their BBL opener against the Hobart Hurricanes at the Gabba.


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