Kumble confident about squaring Test series against Australia

January 23rd, 2008 - 7:17 pm ICT by admin  

A file-photo of Harbhajan Singh

Adelaide, Jan 23 (ANI): Team India skipper Anil Kumble on Wednesday said that his team is looking forward to squaring the four-match Indo-Aussie Test series during the Adelaide Test, which gets underway from tomorrow.

“We came with the purpose of winning a series in Australia but haven’t achieved that. But we can hold our heads high after this - hoping we level the series. Future Indian teams will come here and look at the past. I’m really proud of what this team has done,” Kumble said.

“It’s been fantastic in Australia,” said Kumble, adding, “It’s my third trip here and I’ve enjoyed all my visits. In terms of results, the last one was fantastic and this one as well. We’re thoroughly enjoying this tour.”

Talking about previous match played at Adelaide, Kumble said: “It all started here in 2003-04. It was important we won the Test and the last four years have been fantastic for me personally and for Indian cricket. Here we are again, with the opportunity to level the series. Having done well in the past in Adelaide, gives us the added confidence.”

When asked whether he was confident leading the team with a bunch of five players - Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly, VVS Laxman and himself, he said: “It’s difficult to replace anybody. You can see that in the current Australian team itself. Every team will undergo a transition.

“The key is how you handle it. There is definitely a lot of talent in India. It’s about ensuring they get the confidence and probably four to five years from now, you’ll have a good set of players to ensure India goes forward,” Cricinfo.com quoted him, as saying.

Meanwhile, the selection committee has recalled spinner Harbhajan Singh and Dinesh Karthick for the fourth test. A final toss up between the off spinner and the stumper will be decided just before the match. Yuvraj Singh and Wasim Jaffer will not play the final test.

The 12 member Indian squad for the Adelaide Test is as follows: Anil Kumble (captain), M S Dhoni, Virender Sehwag, Dinesh Karthick, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly, V V S Laxman, Irfaan Pathan, Harbhajan Singh, R P Singh and Ishant Sharma.

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