Our preparation has been peculiar: Wright

Published: Wednesday, October 31, 2001, 22:34 [IST]
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Bloemfontein: With rains and wet outfield having robbed them of the vital match practice for the first Test, the Indians were left working out the permutations and combinations of the team composition as four of their key players were left untested. The central question being discussed was obviously the inclusion of Connor Williams who, as an opener, is a key to India's prospects in the first Test against South Africa starting in Bloemfontein on Saturday. Williams, who would be making his debut in Test cricket in this series, was probably the biggest loser due to the abandonment of the three-day match against South Africa 'A' at Chatsworth. The Baroda left-hander would now go into the Test without having faced a single ball on the South African pitches in proper match conditions. When asked about it, Indian coach said the same (lack of match-practice) was applicable to the other players - medium pacers Ashish Nehra and Zaheer Khan and wicket-keeper Sameer Dighe - who joined the squad for the Test series. "Our preparation has been peculiar to say the least," Wright said. "It's not good, but there's not a lot we can do about it and we are just going to make the most of the time we are left with." However, Williams was still being considered India's best bet as opening being a specialist job, they did not want to take chances with makeshift arrangements against a formidable South African attack. Extras:
Pitch prepared for 1st Test annoys SA coach
Confident Dravid to play Test series
Kumble set to unleash 'new googly'
Wet outfield abandons India's warm-up tie

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