Taylor will be available from fourth match: Sehwag

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Published: Friday, March 30, 2012, 17:35 [IST]
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Taylor to miss first three games for DD

Haryana, Mar 30: New Zealand captain Ross Taylor will be available to play for Delhi Daredevils from the fourth match of the IPL tournament starting on April 4, Daredevils captain Virender Sehwag confirmed on Thursday.

"Ross won't be available for the first three matches but he will be available from the fourth match onwards. As for David Warner, we won't get his services for the first 10 games and Kevin Pietersen will be available in the middle," the skipper told reporters after the team's training session at his academy ground.

Taylor is expected to play Daredevils' home game against Deccan Charges on April 19.

The Feroz Shah Kotla pitch has not proved to be productive for T20 cricket and the captain and groudmen are trying to produce a good track.

"The emphasis (is) on preparing a good wicket with even bounce which will give us suitable advantage," Sehwag said.

When asked whether he would follow the "rotation policy", Sehwag said, "For this tournament? No, until someone is unavailable or unfit."

Sehwag admitted the tournament will be very competitive and refused to name a clear favourite to win the title.

"It's difficult to predict a favourite in this format. All teams have done a lot of homework and worked on their strengths. For us, the endeavour would be (to) do better but it all depends on how you perform on that particular day."

Sehwag's hopes his formidable pace attack including Morne Morkel, Umesh Yada and Varun Aaron could cause a few problems for the opposition batsman.

"Ours is a side which has a blend of youth and experience. The IPL has always proved to be a good platform for younger players to make a mark. The likes of Umesh, Yusuf, Ravindra Jadeja got rewarded for their performance in IPL. Hopefully, we will unearth a new talent who would do well for us."

"We have Van der Merwe (Roloef) and Nadeem (Shahbaz) who are good bowlers. We also have have Pawan Negi. I am fit to bowl but I don't think the team would require my magic arm," he said.

Asked if he would be ready to bat down the order if the situation demands, Sehwag replied with a wry smile, "My position in this team is fixed."


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