Expected Gambhir to be in the Test team: Clarke

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Updated: Saturday, February 16, 2013, 10:23 [IST]
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'Bowlers happy with Gambhir's exclusion'

Chennai, Feb 16: Australia skipper Michael Clarke said the visitors were happy with Gambhir's omission but expected the opening batsman to be in the Test squad ahead of the Test series against India, starting Feb 22.

Known for playing mind-games ahead of any big series, Australia skipper Michael Clarke's recent comment on Gambhir's omission from the squad for the first two Tests against Australia, certainly suggest that the visitors are trying to distract the hosts.

"I expected him (Gambhir) to be in the Test team. He is a wonderful player and has played for India for a long time now. I think there are a few bowlers in our team who are happy he is not playing," Clarke told reporters on the eve of the second warm-up match against Gambhir's India A at Chennai.

Talking about Gambhir, Clarke said "He is a wonderful guy and I really like him and I get along really well with him. If he scores runs, I'm sure he will get his chance with the Indian team again," he said.

Steve Waugh had termed playing mind-games prior to the series as 'mental disintegration' of the opponents, while Clarke feels it's all about how they perform on the field rather than making statements, when asked about the Australian strategy ahead of a series.

"It's not about what you say. It's about what you do. As a player, as the Australian cricket team, that's our goal. It's no good making statements and comments and not backing them up. I'd rather want people to say less and do more, so that's our goal. Perform well on the field, that's all we want," added Clarke.


Story first published:  Saturday, February 16, 2013, 9:38 [IST]
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