England tour of India - Cricket: Third Test not mission impossible: Hussain

Published: Monday, December 17, 2001, 0:03 [IST]
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London: Buoyed up by the improved performance of his team in the drawn second Test at Ahmedabad, English skipper Nasser Hussain feels the third Test beginning on Wednesday in Bangalore will be no cruise but it's not mission impossible either.Writing in Captain's Diary for 'Sunday Telegraph', Hussain said, "We had to settle for the draw, I don't mean that in a negative or defeatist sort of way, If we play as well again, we will put ourselves in with a chance of winning again, if we play below it we will come second."It will be very difficult at Bangalore but I think we can do it," he said. Describing the team's efforts in the second Test at Ahmedabad as exceptional, he said, "We have got a lot of belief in this squad. To bowl out this Indian side on that wicket for 290 in the first innings was exceptional, but we have still got to work out a way of getting 20 wickets out in Bangalore to win a Test and, with their batting line-up, it is going to be very difficult."Referring to criticism that he should have declared earlier in the second Test, Hussain says, "It was not because I was frightened of losing and it was nothing to do with the illness some of our boys have suffered. "It was mainly to do with the wicket, which I didn't think was as bad as everyone was making it out to be, the inexperience of our attack and also the fitness of our bowlers. I maintain it was a fair declaration on a flat wicket." PTI

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