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Injury-free team will win series: Gilchrist

Published: Wednesday, December 7, 2011, 16:12 [IST]
 
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Injury-free team will win series: Gilly

New Delhi, Dec 7: Former Australian wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist reckons the team, which remains injury-free, will go on to win the much-anticipated India-Australia series Down Under.

"It will be quite difficult to predict the result. I think both the teams are evenly matched, particularly when it comes to the batting department. On the bowling front, though, whichever team plays full strength and remains injury-free will go a long way in winning the series," Gilchrist said.

The former Aussie great had earlier mentioned that the series will provide India with an opportunity to register their first-ever victory in Australia as the hosts have been going through a transitional period.

His views were endorsed by Andrew Symonds who felt that India can put pressure on the young and inexperienced Australian bowling line-up to earn a favourable result.

"Indians can put pressure on the young Australian players. They have a good opportunity to beat Australia in their home country. I think there are good chances of India beating them," Symonds had suggested.

Gilchrist meanwhile said that the on-field rivalry between the teams was "gaining a bit of history" since Australia's series loss to hosts India in early 2001.

"It was one of the best Test series ever. It set a terrific rivalry between the teams. The build-up to the forthcoming series is exciting," the left-hander, one of the all-time best wicketkeeper-batsmen, revealed during a promotional event on Wednesday.

Gilchrist was all praise for off-spinner Harbhajan Singh, who was left out of the tour by the Indian selection committee, saying that he is a "unique character" and one who has a lot of appetite for making a fightback.

"Harbhajjan is a wonderful guy to play with. His fighting spirit is really admirable. I don't know the reasons why he was not picked but he will be definitely missed from the series," he said.

The cricketer, however, said the two spinners on tour, Pragyan Ojha and Ravichandran Ashwin have set a high standard and felt that "they deserved their place in the team".

PTI

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