Beating India at home is Australia's dream

Published: Monday, August 23, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Sydney:Beating India in the sub-continent remains Australia's cherished desire as fans await for what promises to be a nail-biting contest when both the sides clash in a four-match Test series later this year.

Former Australian cricketer Geoff Lawson feels the world champions can win anywhere, but in India they need to be successful with both bat and ball.

"If they bat in India as they did in Sri Lanka they will get enough runs to negotiate a result, but they will need all of the bowlers doing an attacking job to bowl out India," Lawson said in an interview to Cricket Australia's (CA) Insight magazine.

Former Australian Test batsman Paul Sheahan, who was in the squad that beat India on its soil in 1969-70, said, "a tour of India is like no other on the cricketing circuit."

"It is a lot harder to win in India than people imagine and much different to winning a Test series anywhere else in the world. The stifling weather conditions, the unique pitch conditions and the zeal of the crowd make touring India a real challenge," he was quoted as saying by the magazine.

He said he certainly believes that the current Australian team has both the talent and professionalism to absorb all that India has to offer and hopefully they can return home with the Border-Gavaskar trophy.

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