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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Dhoni Says India Has Best Chances to Beat Australia

As Australia were upstaged in a Test at home by New Zealand for the first time in 26 years Australian team morale is bit hurt and it will create the best chance for us to beat Australia at their home. Indian Skipper M.S Dhoni told to reporters before getting departure for Australia.

He added – we had sufficient time for some homework before the start of the Boxing Day Test match that we play on 26th December and hopefully we do not have too many injuries till that. I think talent wise we are there and Indian side have a good exposure for the youngsters who are part of the side now touring Australia.

But he did hope that Indian fielders, certainly not the best in track by their own admittance, and they would handle on top of catches that come their way in Australia,
Apart from that if you see the batting lineup is quite the same. Bowling wise we have got Umesh Yadav who can bowl over 140 kmph. I think it looks like a good group. We need to do well on the field rather than looking at it as to how we look on paper," he said.

Tours to Australia almost always include a bit of controversy, the ugliest of which was perhaps the 2008 'monkeygate scandal'. But this time Indian skipper MS Dhoni has also assured rival side that there will be no repeat of the infamous racism history that spoiled their last tour of Australia

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