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India to treat Twenty20 as warm-up

Published: Thursday, January 31, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
 
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Aussie skipper Ponting unlike his Indian counterpart is taking 'morrow's tie pretty seriouslyMelbourne: India will treat their Twenty20 International against Australia 'morrow at MCG as a warm-up for the tri-Series, skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni said on Thursday.

India, who won the inaugural Twenty20 World Cup last Sept, will be without RP Singh, who has returned home with a hamstring strain, as well as dynamic Yuvraj Singh, who has a knee problem. Munaf Patel and Manoj Tiwary have arrived, as have one-day specialist Gautim Gambhir and fiery paceman Sressanth.

India has not yet finalised its team but in all probability try out new blocks to find a balanced unit for the upcoming tri-series.

"We will take the Twenty20 as one of the practice games," Dhoni told reporters.

"We will look to win but the reserve guys have come in and joined the squad so we need to get the best out of it, and hopefully the weather will be better for cricket tomorrow."

India defeated Australia in their one-off meeting in the ultra-abridged version of the game during SA World Cup last Sept.

India play Australia on Sunday in Brisbane in the opening match of the Tri-Series, which also involves Sri Lanka.

We will play to win, says Ponting: Meanwhile Aussie skipper Ponting unlike his Indian counterpart is taking 'morrow's tie pretty seriously.

He said emphatically that Australia would not be treating Friday night's match as a warm-up for the upcoming Commonwealth Bank Series against India and Sri Lanka.

The Australians had made a similar mistake ahead of the 2005 Ashes series when it was crushed by a determined England in a Twenty20 match at the start of the tour.

"I'll guarantee you tomorrow that that won't be the case," Ponting said.

"We won't be caught off guard at all. We'll be out there going absolutely flat out to try and win the game."

Australia has given David Hussey his first chance at national selection after he dominated the KFC Twenty20 Big bash, the domestic competition, in January. He made 237 runs at an average of close to 50, with a strike rate of 154 in those six matches. His most recent outing was for the PM's XI against Sri Lanka on Wednesday, where he made a rapid-fire 23.

If Hussey is to play, he will slot into a batting line-up alongside brother Mike, Michael Clarke and Andrew Symonds, as well as Adam Gilchrist.

Australia has given David Hussey his first chance at national selection after he dominated the KFC Twenty20 Big bash, the domestic competition, in January. He made 237 runs at an average of close to 50, with a strike rate of 154 in those six matches. His most recent outing was for the PM's XI against Sri Lanka on Wednesday, where he made a rapid-fire 23.

If Hussey is to play, he will slot into a batting line-up alongside brother Mike, Michael Clarke and Andrew Symonds, as well as Adam Gilchrist.

Doubts persist over skipper Ricky Ponting, who has a back injury, and a decision may not be made until the day of the game. On the bowling side, Stuart Clark and Mitchell Johnson will have a rest, with Ashley Noffke, Nathan Bracken and Ben Hilfenhaus given their chance. Adam Voges and James Hopes are also in the squad.

Squads:

India: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Capt, wk), Sachin Tendulkar, Gambhir, Sehwag, Uthappa, Yuvraj, Raina, Rohit Sharma, Dinesh Karthik, Irfan Pathan, Piyush Chawla, Harbhajan, Praveen Kumar, Ishant Sharma, Manoj Tiwary, Munaf Patel and Sreesanth.

Australia: Ricky Ponting (capt), Michael Clarke (vice-capt), Adam Gilchrist, Nathan Bracken, Ben Hilfenhaus, Brad Hodge, James Hopes, David Hussey, Michael Hussey, Brett Lee, Ashley Noffke, Andrew Symonds and Adam Voges.

Agencies


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