~~Players hardly get time to learn and improve~~

Published: Tuesday, June 20, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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St Kitts:Lamenting the lack of enough rest period between matches, Team India coach Greg Chappell said hectic international schedules have left the players with very little time to reflect upon their performances and improve their shortcomings.

''One of the problems today is that there is not enough time in which a player can reflect and build upon what they have learnt. We have to manufacture that time, like Irfan was rested after the One-dayers and has come on well after that,'' Chappell said.

Chappell also said the players were under immense pressure to put into immediate practice what they learnt on off days.

The coach, assessing the team's performance in the ongoing Test series so far, called upon Yuvraj Singh and VVS Laxman to build on the good starts they have been getting in the two matches played so far and come up with a big score.

''We need Laxman and Yuvraj to score. I am confident they would.

If you look at the history of cricket, only two or three players score big in a match. They are good players and they would come again with runs as Sehwag and Kaif have,'' he said.

Chappell also said he was confident of the Indian seamers doing well.

''Brian Lara said after the last match that it was a very flat last day track. He complimented our bowlers that we bowled very well on that track. It's a very good feedback,'' he observed.

Chappell revealed both S Sreesanth and Harbhajan Singh have recovered well from their injuries and will be available for selection in the third Test.

''Sreesanth bowled a long spell today and he looks okay.

Harbhajan has recovered from what was a freak injury in the middle of last Test only,'' informed Chappell.

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