The Australian cricketers might be the self-proclaimed masters of sledging but they have also revealed a "softer" side.

A video, posted on the Crowd Goes Wild's Facebook page, has emerged of batsman Usman Khawaja fondling leg-spinner Adam Zampa's derriere as the national anthems played ahead of last Saturday's one-day international at Wellington's Cake Tin.

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By jingo's what the heck's goin on here?!! We've heard of checking the hot spot but that's just too far...#Straya

Posted by The Crowd Goes Wild on Tuesday, February 9, 2016

The rest of the Australian players were linked arm-in-arm but Khawaja, presumably in an attempt to calm the nerves of Zampa who was making his debut, went for the more personal touch.

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It seemed to work for Zampa, who claimed 2 for 57 from his 10 overs on debut.
Khawaja, who was recalled for the match after being controversially left out for the opening one-dayer, scored a half-century in Australia's four-wicket win that levelled the series 1-1.

When asked on Twitter about the incident, Khawaja replied: "Haha it was all consensual. Just having a joke with the debutant."

He added: "Oh boy. Didn't realise there were cameras filming from behind."