Tri-series will be a challenging one: Dravid

Published: Thursday, September 7, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Bangalore: Team India captain Rahul Dravid today said the Malaysian tri-series involving Australia and West Indies from September 12 to 24 will be a challenging one.

''It is going to be a very good challenging series. I think Australia is obviously the best team in the world. It is exciting for us to play against them since they have a proven track record and they play good cricket...We have not done well in the last series against West Indies. This gives a good opportunity to correct ourselves,'' he told newspersons here before the team left for Chennai after completing a nine-day 'Rolling Camp' for players selected for the series.

During the last ODI series, India lost 4-1 to the West Indies.

Dravid exuded confidence that the players would implement the lessons they leant during this camp. The team had prepared well and ''if we play good cricket, we can get some good result.'' Declining to comment on the ball tampering issue during the series between Pakistan and England, he said ''it is hard to comment on the incident sitting at thousands of kilometres away. It has a lot of controversies. It was disappointing. But we have to go on and it is not a major issue to blow up. However, ICC is seized of the matter and it will give its decision later in the month.''

Stating that the 'Rolling Camp' gave good opportunity to the players to correct their shortcomings, Dravid was all praise for Physio John Gloster, Bio Mechanist Ian Frazer and Trainer Gregory King. They had worked out plans after pinpointing the areas each player had to improve and in what areas the team wanted them to improve. ''However, it is up to the individual players to utilise what they learnt during training,'' he added.

The camp focussed on the basics of the game, which were important for every player despite their success, he said.

Dravid said during the last West Indies series, the fielding was not up to the mark.

Hence, focus was given to fielding also at the camp.

To a question, the skipper said ''it does not matter in which slot one plays. What is important is performing on the field. During the camp, efforts were also made to bring out the potential of a player on the field so that success can be achieved.'' Sachin and Sehwag were not bothered about in which slot they played, but the team expected the tail-enders to contribute much in the coming series, he added.

About the two practice matches scheduled for tomorrow and the next day in Chennai before the team leaves for Kuala Lampur, he said the idea was to have match practice since there was not enough time left for practicing before the commencement of the tri-series.

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