Waugh keen to play 1st Test against Kiwis

Published: Wednesday, October 17, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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Sydney: Captain Steve Waugh says he is determined to reclaim his place in the Australian team for the first Test against New Zealand in November.
 Waugh missed the fourth Test of the triumphant Ashes series in England with a torn calf and a subsequent bout of deep vein thrombosis prevented him from starting the domestic season with New South Wales (NSW). His withdrawal from this week's NSW-Tasmania game raised speculation that he could miss the first Test against New Zealand at the Gabba starting on November 8. But he was back in the nets on Wednesday for the first time in six weeks with his eye on next week's interstate match against South Australia. "I'm very confident of playing. I've had injuries and setbacks in he past, it only makes me want to be there even more," Waugh said. "It'd be nice to play a four-dayer before the Test match. I haven't picked up a bat since I've come home which in some ways is good, I like to get away from cricket, but now I've got to get back into it pretty seriously." Waugh said recent criticism over his health only served as further motivation. He also missed a Test last summer with a strained buttock muscle. "I've been written off by a few people in the Press ... and that's fair enough they can say what they want, but I just want them to know that they're sort of motivating me to get back there even quicker."

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