• Kirsten said his team is already preparing to exploit some potential vulnerabilities in an Australian side that is expected to be without Symonds.

    Melbourne, Sept.5: Gary Kirsten, the coach of the Indian cricket team, believes that the absence of Australian all-rounder Andrew Symonds' from the forthcoming series between Australia and India could ease some tension. 


    Kirsten said his team is already preparing to exploit some potential vulnerabilities in an Australian side that is expected to be without Symonds.


    "To not have those types of individuals means they are going to be replaced by more inexperienced players, so we will hopefully be able to exploit (that)," The Age quoted Kirsten, as saying.


    "We all know with the Australian set-up that they always replace those individuals with quality players, but in the heat of Test match battle sometimes experience counts for a lot," he added.


    Symonds was an influential figure with the bat in the most recent series, striking 162 not out

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  • Reverse swing is obviously a key factor, but the whole team has to work for it. You can’t toss the ball to your fast bowler and say ‘Go Reverse’. All eleven players have to work for it, says Akram.

    Sept. 1: Even from someone who, by his own admission, started out with a jerky run-up and hurried delivery stride and still ended with 916 international wickets, Wasim Akram is as much a staunch advocate of grassroot pruning as he is of reverse swing.
    "You can only change the wrist action, run-up of a fast bowler at 14-15 years of age. That is the age when he is maturing, his muscles are expanding and his mind is more open to new ideas," Akram says. "At 18, he is already developed and you can only finetune him."


    In the capital for the last four days, the master of swing and deception has been helping out pace bowling hopefuls at an ongoing Delhi and District Cricket Association pre-season camp. The time frame, he says, is not the most ideal. "Too short, I wish they had called me earlier...

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  • 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.



    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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