Dravid hopes to bowl out Englishmen twice

Published: Wednesday, March 8, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Mohali:Worried with the lack of teeth in the bowling attack, captain Rahul Dravid said Team India think-tank was working on a strategy to bowl out the opposition twice to win the second Test against England starting here tomorrow.

''We are planning to developing a strategy which will give us 20 wickets in a match as in the last four encounters we were unable to do so for a victory,'' Dravid told reporters on the eve of the match.

Obviously the Indian skipper has a plan for triumph on a bouncy Mohali wicket. Admitting that he could not properly read the Nagpur wicket, Dravid said, ''In the last four matches we had played on flat tracks and could not bowl out the rivals. It is a matter of concern for us.'' Familiarity with local conditions won't matter much, he said.

''The hosts have some home advantages but foreign teams prepare themselves well before touring another country to play matches.

England who drew the first Test at Nagpur have played in the sub-continent before coming to India. They played in Pakistan where the conditions are similar to India,'' he said.

Asked if he was surprised by the performance of the England players at Nagpur despite playing without three senior players, the Indian skipper said ''We were never complacent and were well prepared.'' Injured England captain Michael Vaughan and Simon Jones have gone back after suffering injuries while opener Marcus Trescothick also returned home for personal reasons.

Regarding the composition of the Indian team, Dravid said, ''We have lot of option with young players coming into the squad. They can perform well. Unfortunately, we have to select only 11 players for the Test. We are exploring to go with five bowlers, including three spinners.'' Meanwhile, the centre pitch of the PCA Stadium, without any grass, is likely to be approved for tomorrow's match and the authorities have been claiming that the wicket would be result-oriented.


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