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It's a challenging series for Australia: Harbhajan

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Updated: Monday, February 11, 2013, 11:34 [IST]
 
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Mumbai, Feb 11: India's off-spinner Harbhajan Singh after being picked by selectors for the Test series against Australia, expressed his pleasure and said he is hopeful of making a difference to the team.

Harbhajan who played his last Test against England in Mumbai in December last year, was dropped for the third and fourth Test against England following his dismal show in the Mumbai Test. Though comebacks aren't new to the India's off-spinner Harbhajan Singh after being picked by selectors for the Test series against Australia, expressed his pleasure and said he is hopeful of making a difference to the team.

'It's a challenging series for Aus'

Talking about his Test comeback after retaining the Irani Cup on Sunday, Harbhajan Singh said "Comebacks are always tough. As long as you continue to work hard and believe you can make a difference and do well in international cricket, you can make a comeback."

"I am very happy to be back in the Test squad and hopefully, I can make the difference there," said Harbhajan, who has represented India in 99 Tests.

"It's always nice to play against Australia. They have a pretty new batting line-up. If I am not wrong they have a lot of left-handers, apart from (Michael) Clarke and (Shane) Watson and they have not played much Test cricket and not played in India," he added.

Harbhajan Singh also added that it would be a challenging series since India had lost a home series to England recently. But was confident about putting pressure on the opponents.

"This would be a challenging series for them and hopefully we will put them under pressure from the first day of the Test match," said Harbhajan.

Harbhajan, has been the most successful bowler against Australia as he has recorded 90 wickets against the Aussies off 16 Tests at an average of 29.35 with the best being 15/217 in a match.

Moreover he has been the highest wicket-taker against Australia at home, with 81 wickets off 12 matches at an average of 24.48 and 8/84 being his best in an innings.

Talking about the role of bowlers during such an important series, Harbhajan said "Overall, all the bowlers need to bowl well to take those 20 wickets. When I played my first series against Australia (2001-02), I was a no one. All I can say is we have a quality attack to win this Test series for India. If we are able to do that, it will be a great thing. We are looking forward to this series and hopefully we would do well as a bowling unit."

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Story first published:  Monday, February 11, 2013, 10:51 [IST]
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