Abbott made an early reference to cricket in his remarks  at a joint press conference here today with Modi after their bilateral talks.

Abbott also said Modi has "runs on the board" to meet the aspirations of the people.

When Modi's turn came to bat, he said, "We celebrate the legend of (Don) Bradman and the class of Sachin Tendulkar together."

"We are impressed by Australian speed as you are charmed by the Indian spin until of course Shane Warne came along!," the Prime Minister said while addressing the Australian Parliament.

Modi also wished success to Australia in hosting the World Cup cricket next year.

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