Better bowling unit will have edge:Dravid

Published: Wednesday, July 20, 2011, 0:00 [IST]
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Better bowling unit to have edge:Dravid

London, July 20: Senior batsman Rahul Dravid termed the upcoming Test series between India and England as a fight between the bowling attack of the two sides.

"They have a good attack; they have improved since we last played them. We respect them but we know we can also play well. It might be the contest (which decides the series)," Dravid told the mediapersons today.

England''s three-pronged attack of James Anderson, Chris Tremlett and Stuart Broad along with off-spinner Graeme Swann commands a lot of respect from opposition while India has great players like Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman and Dravid himself. The trio share 99 Test centuries between them.

"The two teams have played well over the last few years.

We are very proud of our record at both home and away and England has a great record too. It surely gives edge to the series," commented Dravid.

The stylish right-hander believes it is important that his side gets off to a good start, something which can set the tune for the high-profile series.

"It's important we start of well. We do realize that sometimes it hasn''t been as good as we would like it to be. We want to start well for it can make a big difference."

The senior batsman feels at home whenever he plays at the Lord''s where he made his Test debut 15 years back.

"Personally, it has very special memories. In a strange way you feel at home here it's a place which truly understands history and tradition of the game.

"That 95 which I scored (in debut) meant a lot to me. I had played five years of first class cricket and scored a lot of runs. But I wouldn''t have given odds to play for the country, given the team we had. .


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