Mohali pitch will help our fast bowlers: Henriques

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Published: Sunday, March 10, 2013, 15:40 [IST]
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Mohali pitch will have pace: Henriques

Mohali, Mar 10: Australia all-rounder Moises Henriques feels the pitch for the third Test against India at PCA Stadium here will help their fast bowlers.

India are leading the four-Test series 2-0 after completely dominating those matches with spin. In the opening Test in Chennai, all 20 Australian wickets fell to spin with R Ashwin taking 12. In the second Test, again slow bowlers dominated with Ashwin taking a five-wicket haul.

Now, Australia will feel at home a bit coming to Mohali, the venue for third Test starting on March 14.

"I've played here (Mohali) before. The conditions would be completely different to what I've played in limited-overs cricket but I think it is the one place in India, or one of the few places in India, that is renowned for a bit of pace and bounce," Henriques was quoted as saying in "Herald Sun" on Sunday.

The Australian team trained at the PCA Stadium on Sunday.

"In comparison to wickets in Australia there still won't be the same amount (of pace and bounce) that you get back home. But it's certainly one place where the quicks could come in and do a little bit more damage on," he added.

Right-handed Henriqes made his Test debut in Chennai and scored half centuries in both innings. However, he has only one wicket (Harbhajan Singh) to show in two Tests. He admitted that he needed to take more wickets in the remaining two matches.

"I feel like I've been bowling OK without really having that penetration to get through and take some wickets, which a lot of the seam bowlers have been struggling with over here. I've got to not only be able to keep it tight as the all-rounder and build pressure, but somehow find a way to start taking some wickets as well. It is tough for the quicks over here but maybe we're not coming up with the right plans," the Portuguese-born cricketer said.


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