Our batsmen will strike form when it matters: Ross

Published: Tuesday, October 7, 2003, 1:48 [IST]
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Ahmedabad: New Zealand coach Ashley Ross on Monday said he was not worried by the fact that his frontline batsmen could not get big scores in the lead-up matches to the first cricket Test against India starting here on Wednesday and was confident of them hitting form when it really mattered. Ross told reporters after the net practice that the team members had prepared themselves in right earnest and were looking forward to the encounter despite their top batsmen failing in the side game at Rajkot and not even getting a chance to bat (due to rains) in the Visakhapatnam tie.

"We are not too worried about Nathan (Astle), Scott Styris and skipper Stephen Fleming not getting big scores as they are quality players and can strike form any time," he said. "Our preparation is going on the right track and we believe in our batsmen's ability to perform in Test matches. Our frontline bowlers Jacob Oram and Daryel Tuffey too had long spells at Rajkot and have proved that they can cope up with heat and humidity over here," Ross said.

When asked about their not so impressive fielding in the three-day tie against India 'A' at Rajkot, Ross, said, "Fielding shows the attitude of the players. The players took it easy, as it was just a side game. Come the Test match they will pick up their fielding standards."

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