India’s performance at Perth very impressive: Warne

January 21st, 2008 - 2:56 pm ICT by admin  


Melbourne, Jan.21 (ANI): Former Australian legspinner Shane Warne has described the Indian cricket team’s victory in the Perth Test as very impressive.
In an article that appears in The Daily Telegraph, Warne, however, rejected suggested that the Australian dominance of the game at the international level was on the wane.
“I don’t believe that for a second. India just played well and did not allow Australia to dominate - they were up for the contest. Unfortunately, it looked from a distance that the wicket was pretty poor and not conducive to stroke play. In cricketing terms, you were never in as a batsman, hence not one batsman from either side made a century. Australia fought all the way,” Warne said.
As far as which was the better Australian side — Ricky Ponting’s or Steve Waugh’s, Warne said both were excellent teams.
He further said that Ponting, Adam Gilchrist, Matthew Hayden and Brett Lee have improved to be the best in the world right now.
Mike Hussey, Michael Clarke, Stuart Clark and Andrew Symonds are all at the top of their games, too.
“But it’s still probably a bit too early to start comparing them with the Waugh brothers, the Boons and McGraths just yet,” he added.
He also said after the fiasco of the Sydney Test, it was good to see that cricket had not suffered and the skill level and intensity were still very high.
There have been some suggestions Australia lost their edge and were too concerned about their image going into Perth.
Warne said “Sport is about passion and attitude and knowing yourself. Australia play best when they get in the face of the opposition and are very aggressive.Maybe they were not as aggressive in their body language in Perth as they normally are, but I think that was the nature of this Test, in which they were behind for most of the game. Maybe a few things were not as they should have been in Sydney, but their body language showed me that the Australian team cared and it was important to them to win the game.”
He also predicted that the Australia Day Test match in Adelaide “is going to be a cracker and I’m sure the players will be looking forward to playing on a great pitch, and runs are going to flow.”
He said that he expected both sides to field spinners for the fourth and final Test. (ANI)

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