Aussies have the character to regroup
Former Australia skipper Steve Waugh on Monday backed the tourists to
bounce back in the third Test against India, saying they had the
character to regroup for the crucial match.
Waugh, here to attend a meeting of the Marylebone Cricket Club, spent
time in the nets with the Aussies, who trail 1-0 after losing the
previous game in Mohali by 320 runs. The first Test ended in a draw.
Australia need to win the Delhi Test to keep alive their chances in
the four-match series and maintain their unbeaten run in Test series
“This is a big question whether Australia can draw level with India
here,” Waugh said ahead of Wednesday’s match.
“They have got the character to bounce back, I have no doubt about
that. I hope they also have the confidence.
“I had a look at the boys at their practice session. And judging by
what I saw, the players looked intense and focused on the job at hand. I
did not give any tips as such but just asked them to relax.”
Waugh, 43, praised the Indians for raising the bar in the second Test
but said they would be under pressure to sustain their performance
“India were outstanding at Mohali. They have indeed set very high
standards but I guess the pressure is now on them to keep it going and
off Australia’s shoulders.”
Waugh, who spent time talking with captain Ricky Ponting, opener
Matthew Hayden and paceman Brett Lee, said a lot would depend on how the
trio performed here.
Hayden has 42 runs from four innings while Ponting, who scored a
century in the opening Test in Bangalore, scored just five and two in
Mohali. Lee has taken just four wickets in the two Tests, looking a pale
shadow of his former self.
“A lot will depend on these senior players. Hayden is a quality
player and a world-class batsman. It is only a question of spending some
time in the middle. When that happens, runs will come automatically,”
Waugh said India had looked good in the fast bowling department,
which was a big change from previous eras, when they relied heavily on
“India’s bowling attack has come of age. Earlier, it was all about
spinners. Now Ishant (Sharma) and Zaheer Khan are doing so well. They
are very good at reverse swing and they have always had quality
spinners,” said Waugh.
“I think that has made the big difference in the series.”
NEW DELHI, Tuesday, AFP