Indians are no pushovers, warns ~~Tugga~~ Waugh

Published: Tuesday, December 11, 2007, 3:35 [IST]
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Melbourne: Former Australia skipper Steve Waugh thinks that a 'favourable' schedule could see Indian cricketers doing well on their upcoming tour Down Under.

''They have got a pretty good draw really,'' Waugh was quoted as saying by Melbourne"s Herald-Sun newspaper.

Steve Waugh, who has strong personal and business ties with India, does not believe that the Indians would be a pushover in the four Test series which starts on a batting friendly MCG pitch in Melbourne on Dec 26.

Two other venues, Adelaide and Sydney are traditionally considered to be more favourable to spinners. India is likely to have an edge at these two centres as they have two world class spinners in the shape of captain Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh.

''I think there is some hope (of an Indian victory) because they are playing at two spinner-friendly venues, Adelaide and Sydney,'' Waugh said.

But the Australian veteran has put the onus on the Indian bowlers to bowl out world"s best Test team twice to secure rare wins. He has predicted that India may even play three spinners at Adelaide and Sydney for this purpose.

''They will have three good spinners in their squad and that will give them the chance to take 20 wickets,'' the former Aussie skipper stated.

''It seems in the past decade in Australia they haven't been able to take 20 wickets.'' ''It doesn't matter how many good batters they have got, they can't win a Test unless they can take 20 wickets.''

''They have to pick a team capable of taking 20 wickets otherwise they'll get thrashed,'' added 'Tugga' Waugh known for his never-say-die attitude.

India has had only four victories from 32 Tests in Australia.

The South Asians would be banking on their strong batting line-up to try to increase their tally this southern summer. But Steve Waugh would still like the Indian bowlers to spin extraordinarily to make an impression on the best team in the world.

''It really depends on how they bowlers go. I think their batters have got enough experience to get them runs. If they bring an attack capable of taking wickets they are a chance,'' Waugh said.


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