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  • Symonds’ absence won’t hurt: Watson

    It has become the biggest challenge for Australian cricketers to play and win a series against India, says Australian all-rounder Shane Watson. Sept. 25: Simon Katich’s two Test hundreds in the Caribbean make him the likely candidate to take over the wayward Andrew Symonds’ slot in the starting line-up, but fit-again all-rounder Shane Watson who is on the comeback trail is a tempting prospect.

     

    Watson’s career has been riddled with injuries and despite being on the international scene for six years, he has played only three Tests. Now, having established himself as a one-day and Twenty20 specialist, he wants to translate his success in the shorter formats of the game in the Test arena.

     

    And by the looks of it, he’s all fired up. "What my bowling does give is a bit of impact, especially more so on the fourth and fifth day of a Test when I know I can come in, give it all I’ve got and have a bit of a crack," Watson said here on Thursday. "It definitely will help the team if I do get an

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  • Mendis is not the easiest to play: Kirsten

    There has been a lot of talk on Mendis and Murali and we will have to admit they are very good spinners. Mendis is not the easiest to play and difficult to read, says the Indian coach in an interview.

    Coach Gary Kirsten left for South Africa on Tuesday to attend his ailing mother. The BCCI confirmed there was no interim appointment to replace Kirsten. The date for the South African’s return is also not known.

    Kirsten said he had full faith in Anil Kumble and had had a good discussion with him and that the team was refreshed after the win in Galle. Addressing the media before his departure the coach touched on various issues.

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    On the team’s mood now: I knew the team had the ability to bounce back. They have a proved it in the past. We were happy and chuffed with the response of the team. They lifted their performance by at least by 20 per cent to pull themselves back into contention. But the important thing is there is a real awareness about things to achieve in the next

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  • Mendis is a revelation, says Trevor Bayliss

    Mendis is a revelation not only for Sri Lankan cricket but for world cricket as well. He is different from most spinners say a Muralitharan, Anil Kumble or Harbhajan Singh, says the Sri Lankan coach in an interview to Asian Age.

    Sri Lanka’s practice session ahead of the second Test here against India was full of intensity and indicated no complacency that can come with a win as convincing as the one achieved in Colombo. A good part of the credit should go to coach Trevor Bayliss for making this team constantly strive to better their game.

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    On wrapping it up in Galle: We were looking forward to this series even before it started and we played some very good cricket in the first Test. It was a near perfect match for us. We expect to play a similar match here and wrap up the series and at the same time we know it won’t be as easy as the Indians will come back hard.

     

    On the pitch: It looks very similar to SSC. Last time when we played here Chaminda Vaas

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  • No one realises how good a team we are: Uthappa

    Bangalore based Robin Uthappa has no regrets over missing out on playing for the Bangalore Royal Challengers in the Indian Premier League. Having played most of his cricket in Bangalore, the India opener is happy to be with the Mumbai Indians.

    Bangalore based Robin Uthappa has no regrets over missing out on playing for the Bangalore Royal Challengers in the Indian Premier League. Having played most of his cricket in Bangalore, the India opener is happy to be with the Mumbai Indians.

    "Mumbai is like my second home, I have played a lot of cricket here and also have a lot of friends," said Uthappa.

    Though the Karnataka batsman will turn out for the Mumbai outfit, he said his "best moment" came when liquor baron Vijay Mallya told him that Royal Challengers will be incomplete without him.

    "It’s good to know you are popular across India. Mr Mallya gave me one of the best compliments when he told me that the Bangalore team would only be 96 per cent complete without me," added the 22-year old,

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