Australian spin inexperience will help India: Harbhajan

September 13th, 2008 - 5:44 pm ICT by IANS  

Harbhajan SinghSydney, Sep 13 (IANS) Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh feels that Australia’s inexperience in the spin department will help India win the four-match Test series for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy .For the first time on India tour Australia will be without an experienced spinner and Harbhajan said uncapped spinners Bryce McGain and Jason Krejza will have a tough time against the Indian batsmen.

“We were always aware when we played Australia at home that Shane Warne was the main threat, and now that he is not there it is obviously good for us,” Harbhajan was quoted as saying by the Sydney Morning Herald.

“Warne and Stuart MacGill have both been great spin bowlers. There are no spinners in Australia of the quality of Warne and MacGill now, and I’m sure our batsmen, who are the best players of spin in the world, are going to have fun with this challenge,” he added.

Harbhajan has always tormented the Australians in the past two home Test series. The controversial finger spinner, who was charged for alleged racist remarks by Andrew Symonds during the Test series in Australia earlier this year, claimed a series-turning 32 wickets at 17.03 in the three-Test series of 2000-01 and 21 wickets at 24.00 in the corresponding series four years later.

“If you compare the team that Steve Waugh came with to now, it is obviously a lot different,” he said.

“It is obviously a big advantage to us that players like Adam Gilchrist, Glenn McGrath, Warne and Jason Gillespie are not around this time.

“I genuinely think that if we play to the level we’re capable of, we can defeat them. We know that whoever Australia pick, they will be a good team, whether Shane Warne is playing or not. They are still the No.1 ranked team in the world, and it is always a challenge to play them. But we think we have a very good chance, playing in our home conditions and with the crowds supporting us,” he said.

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