'India lack number six player in Tests'

Published: Sunday, December 10, 2000, 23:00 [IST]
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Rajkot: ''Winning will take care of itself if the process is right,'' felt Indian cricket coach John Wright. Talking about how he felt Indian cricket was shaping up after being in the coach's saddle for the last two months, Wright felt that the Indian Test team needs a good number-six player who couldbe able to bat and also bowl 10 to 15 overs of good line and length in Test cricket.''With Kumble back we would be able to go in with four bowlers, but without him we need at least five bowlers and that is where thenumber six position would prove to be important'', Wright said.He said that he is happy with the youngsters that have come into the team. ''They have the right attitude and that is what is important. We have a good One-day side at the moment but in Tests we need the right balance,'' he added.On the grey areas of Indian cricket, Wright felt that the main grey area was the fielding.

''Catching in the Test matches left a lot to be desired and we will have to improve that if we have to win consistently against top class opposition.''Wright was also of the opinion that intensity is the most important thing that is needed. ''We went little flat at jodhpur and we got punished for it,'' he added.On his rapport with the team, Wright said, ''I have had good valuable time with the boys. It was a good period for me to have a look at the boys and get to know them better and vice-versa.''. UNI

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