URGENT ¥¥¥ Cricket: Australia says safety 'paramount' after blasts

Australia's touring cricket team said Thursday that it had held talks with the Indian board in the wake of the deadly bomb attacks in Hyderabad and that the safety of its players was "paramount".

"The safety of the squad is of paramount importance and Australian team management and Cricket Australia staff are liaising with the Board of Control for Cricket in India, local authorities and the Australian High Commission to ensure we have all the appropriate information," said a team statement issued on the eve of the first Test between the two sides in Chennai.

The second Test is due to start in Hyderabad on March 2.