Kumble sees South Africa series as challenging

March 22nd, 2008 - 11:04 pm ICT by admin  

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Chennai, March 22 (IANS) India captain Anil Kumble expects the three-Test series with South Africa beginning here Wednesday to be “challenging”. “We expect a challenging series,” Kumble told reporters.

Sporting the new grey uniform of the Indian team, Kumble seemed a bit tense in the company of coach Gary Kirsten as the duo addressed the press ahead of the series.

Commenting on the pitch at the Chepauk stadium, he said: “It will assist spinners from the second half of the second day”.

“I inspected the pitch in the afternoon the team had a little bit of fielding practice. It looks full of runs and will assist our spinners,” Kumble said.

Kumble and Kirsten downplayed suggestions of added advantage derived out of the Indians’ roping in the visitors’ Mental Conditioning Coach Paddy Upton at the last minute.

“With the advent of television, there are no secrets because everybody is watching the opponents’ game carefully,” Kirsten remarked.

“We have had only a single meeting (with Upton). Our players have their own skills. We are aware of our strengths and are upbeat after our good show in Australia,” Kumble said almost on cue.

Reacting to reports of fissures amongst the home team on the basis of seniority, Kumble snapped: “Can anyone dare say that there are differences among journalists on the basis of their seniority vis-

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