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Thatscricket - News - Cricket: India played poor cricket, deserved to lose: Wright

Published: Wednesday, September 5, 2001, 1:25 [IST]
 
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Bangalore: India played such poor cricket in Sri Lanka that it deserved to lose, coach John Wright said on Tuesday.[an error occurred while processing this directive]"India deserved to lose because it played poor cricket both with the bat and the ball," Wright told reporters. "We had a young side. We fought back in the series but in the last Test we did not play to our potential. You can't expect to win when you make fundamental errors."That's a disappointment and we have to learn from that," Wright said. But the former New Zealand captain denied he was under any pressure after india failed to win a series in Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka."I don't really give it that way. I want the best from players and from me. I am perfectly confident that I am giving my best to the country," he said. "I am trying to make the players realise their responsibilities and improve their performance. I keep learning as well. I am doing my best. If I am not good enough, so be it," he said.Asked whether ace leg spinner Anil Kumble, who has been out of international cricket for nearly a year, would be considered for the tour of South Africa beginning later in September, Wright said, "I would hope so," but added that team selection was a job of the selectors and he only had an advisory role as coach. Asked if Kumble's inclusion in the side would make a major difference, Wright said Indian team with Kumble bowling at his best is certainly helpful. "Traditionally, they (South Africans) have not played against leg spin that well," he pointed out.However, Wright did not expect "too many spinning wickets" in South Africa and said the tour would be a "lot tougher" compared to the series against Sri Lanka."South Africa is a very formidable side. It would be a tough series. A lot tougher than the two we just had (Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka)," he said. Wright said the Indians must not let the setback in Sri Lanka affect them and must play positive cricket.The coach also had an interaction with trainees of the National Cricket Academy and gave them a few tips. PTI

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