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We failed collectively: Rahul Dravid

Published: Monday, August 22, 2011, 2:15 [IST]
 
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We failed collectively: Dravid

Looking ahead on the final day on Aug 22 with India facing a daunting task to save the Test, Dravid hoped Tendulkar would come good and his side would be able to draw the match.

"Hopefully Sachin would have his big day the whole of England has been waiting for this summer. We would have been happy if Laxman was still around. Losing him towards the close was a blow. It does make a difference with two set batsmen coming the next day and bat out for one hour. It gives confidence to dressing room.

"The first session is really important. The way Sachin is batting, he is looking good. We are hoping to draw this Test," he said.

Dravid had huge words of praise for off-spinner Graeme Swann and rated him one of the better spinners he has faced in his career.

"He bowled well, he varies his pace and is a clever bowler. The wicket was assisting him for the first time. He utilized it he is up there with some of the better ones I have played," said Dravid.

It could be the final Test for Dravid in England where, likewise in the present series, he also had three centuries in 2002.

"In 2002, it was a younger team. We were at the peak of our career then. We do realize some of us are towards the end (of our career) than at the beginning. Hopefully some of the young guys would establish their place and set new standards and benchmark for Indian cricket.

There is a lot of talent, ball-striking ability. Test cricket is hard learning school and given time and space they would find to learn."

Dravid showed a sense of hurt when he challenged England to do as well in India as they have done here in home conditions.

"They were superior to us in home conditions. They come to India next year sometimes. Whatever the Indian team is, it would look to address and correct this series. Those will be our conditions. How the series goes in our conditions will be England's biggest challenge," he said.

"It's not easy for a lot of sides. Australia and West Indies came and won. England needs to come and do it. They have skills and players but it still needs to be done. Lot of teams who came had skills but they did not win in India. We would be looking forward to that."

PTI

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