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'Huge bonus for Aus, if Harbhajan doesn't play'

Published: Wednesday, September 29, 2010, 10:41 [IST]
 
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Huge bonus for Oz, if Bhajji misses out'

Chandigarh: Australia vice-captain Michael Clarke has said that it will be a "huge bonus" for the tourists, if Indian spin-wizard Harbhajan Singh happens to miss out the first Test at Mohali in the wake of injury scare surrounding him.

Clarke, however, said that the tourists are preparing hard to tackle the spinner and was confident hat the Indian off-spinner will play at Mohali.

"I am very confident Harbhajan will play. I know how much he loves playing against Australia," Clarke told reporters at a press conference on Tuesday.

"But if he doesn't play, it would be a huge bonus for us. He has enjoyed quite a success against Australia," he said.

Asked about the confrontations involving Harbhajan and the Australian players in the past, Clarke said, "Certain players like confrontation and perform better with that but it was one aspect which we are not going to focus on and our eye would be on Harbhajan the bowler."

"There are guys like him in all teams around the world who perform better with that kind of confrontation. In my opinion, Harbhajan is one of the best spinners in the world. He is always tough to face under any conditions," he said.

"Facing pace bowlers Ishant Sharma and Zaheer Khan is also going to be tough, with their reverse swing abilities."

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Chandigarh: Australia vice-captain Michael Clarke has said that it will be a "huge bonus" for the tourists, if Indian spin-wizard Harbhajan Singh happens to miss out the first Test at Mohali in the wake of injury scare surrounding him.

Clarke, however, said that the tourists are preparing hard to tackle the spinner and was confident hat the Indian off-spinner will play at Mohali.

"I am very confident Harbhajan will play. I know how much he loves playing against Australia," Clarke told reporters at a press conference on Tuesday.

"But if he doesn't play, it would be a huge bonus for us. He has enjoyed quite a success against Australia," he said.

Asked about the confrontations involving Harbhajan and the Australian players in the past, Clarke said, "Certain players like confrontation and perform better with that but it was one aspect which we are not going to focus on and our eye would be on Harbhajan the bowler."

"There are guys like him in all teams around the world who perform better with that kind of confrontation. In my opinion, Harbhajan is one of the best spinners in the world. He is always tough to face under any conditions," he said.

"Facing pace bowlers Ishant Sharma and Zaheer Khan is also going to be tough, with their reverse swing abilities."

thatsCricket

Chandigarh: Australia vice-captain Michael Clarke has said that it will be a "huge bonus" for the tourists, if Indian spin-wizard Harbhajan Singh happens to miss out the first Test at Mohali in the wake of injury scare surrounding him.

Clarke, however, said that the tourists are preparing hard to tackle the spinner and was confident hat the Indian off-spinner will play at Mohali.

"I am very confident Harbhajan will play. I know how much he loves playing against Australia," Clarke told reporters at a press conference on Tuesday.

"But if he doesn't play, it would be a huge bonus for us. He has enjoyed quite a success against Australia," he said.

Asked about the confrontations involving Harbhajan and the Australian players in the past, Clarke said, "Certain players like confrontation and perform better with that but it was one aspect which we are not going to focus on and our eye would be on Harbhajan the bowler."

"There are guys like him in all teams around the world who perform better with that kind of confrontation. In my opinion, Harbhajan is one of the best spinners in the world. He is always tough to face under any conditions," he said.

"Facing pace bowlers Ishant Sharma and Zaheer Khan is also going to be tough, with their reverse swing abilities."

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