Adjust fast to conditions, Chappell tells wards

Published: Wednesday, May 31, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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St. John's, Antigua:Adjusting to the conditions fast will be the key to success in the Test series against the West Indies, said Team India coach Greg Chappell.

He said losing the One-day series 1-4 was disappointing but Test matches would be a different ball game.

''It is disappointing that we lost the One-day series. We came here with big expectations but we couldn't adjust to the conditions, whether it was batting or bowling. It's a big learning experience on what line and lengths to bowl on these slow wickets,'' said Chappell.

He also seemed worried with the fact that strike bowler Irfan Pathan was struggling to find his rhythm.

''He is struggling for confidence but he is experienced and will bounce back. I think he is trying too hard, he should relax and turn it around quickly,'' the coach said.

''His pace is not a concern. He is trying to ball a bit quicker.

But on these wickets there isn't big margin for error. He should be careful,'' Chappell said.

Under the Australian, India has preferred to play five bowlers in both the One-days and Test matches. In the last ODI in Port of Spain, India played four bowlers but even then batting did not click. But Chappell said team combination would depend on the wickets.

''I am not steadfast on five bowlers but to be a good side and to win I feel five bowlers are needed. However, it will be horses for courses. Depending on ground we will play either four or five bowlers and also decide on playing one or two spinners,'' he explained.

Even though the Indian bowlers were carted for 300 runs in 72 overs by a second-class Antiguan team in the ongoing warm-up match, Chappell said he was satisfied with the day's play.

''It was a good day. We wanted to get the right line and length and barring Irfan, others bowled quite well,'' he said.

The India coach also felt that the inclusion of fresh players would invigorate the team.

''It is always helpful to have fresh players, they bring in invigoration. The key is to focus and play well. (Anil) Kumble and (VVS) Laxman bring loads of experience with them along with the other young guys who have just joined,'' said Chappell.

Indian team is playing a two-days practice match at the Police Grounds here which has a rough outfield and even the pitch is uneven. But Chappell is not complaining.

''This is the best available ground for practice. We are happy as two days of this is better than two days of net practice,'' said Chappell.

He also admitted that Ajit Agarkar was most impressive in one-dayers and would be missed in the Test series.

''Ajit Agrakar, is not here, he bowled well. Along with Harbhajan (Singh), he was best in the series. But selection decision was taken and he was not picked and that's it for us. We are concentrating on those who are here,'' said Chappell.

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