'Zaheer-Harbhajan will be tough to handle': Clarke

Published: Friday, September 24, 2010, 16:01 [IST]
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'Zaheer-Bhajji will be tough to handle'

Chandigarh: Australian vice-captain Michael Clarke feels that Indian pace spearhead Zaheer Khan and spin-wizard Harbhajan Singh will be tough to handle but the Aussies will be up for the challenge in the upcoming Test series.

"Zaheer Khan is a wonderful bowler with the new ball and he can reverse it with the old ball. Harbhajan Singh too has had a lot of success in Test cricket, against Australia in particular. Both are probably two of India's best bowlers who have had the experience of playing a lot against Australia," Clarke stated during a group interaction with the media at the team hotel on Thursday.

"We have to come up with a plan to combat these two," Clarke said.

The tourists are scheduled to play a three-day game against the Board President's XI in their tour opener at the Sector-16 stadium, in Chandigarh, starting from Saturday.

All-rounder Shane Watson, who was also present during the group interaction also lauded Zaheer-Harbhajan duo. He said, "It is always the hardest thing facing the new ball that swings. It had a huge impact on (an earlier) series (with India)."

"Harbhajan is a brilliant exponent of spin bowling," Watson said.

Clarke, who has scored 4514 runs from 62 Tests at an average of 50.71, admitted that it will be a big challenge for the Australian team with new faces to play in India but he said the team is willing to put in their best effort and beat the Indian side.

"We know it's going to be a tough challenge. India is a strong team, but if we can play our best cricket, we can beat them in the series," Clarke said.


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