It will be battle between two aggressive teams: Gilchrist

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Melbourne, Dec 23 (UNI) Australia vice captain Adam Gilchrist believes the upcoming Test series against India will see a tough battle between two aggressive teams.

''We are both aggressive teams, we are talented teams. I think we will just be trying to play hard aggressive cricket and not go too far with it,'' Gilchrist said.

He also said that the sledging and tensions during the one-day series played in India earlier this year is over now and the upcoming Test series see both the teams fight it out in the right spirits.

''Hopefully we won't go down that route again in terms of the amount that was written about and time it took. It all got a bit out of control in the one-day series early on in India,'' he said.

The left handed batsman added that the series against India will be well fought by both the teams. ''It will be hard fought. They [India] are a team that has said that they want to take the challenge to us in an aggressive manner.'' He was confident that this Australian team has the bowlers who can trouble a star studded Indian batting line up. ''We definitely have got the arsenal to warrant four quick bowlers if the conditions suit,'' he said.

He also backed left arm spinner Brad Hogg to be included in the Test side against India and said ''We have got a world-class spin bowler in Brad Hogg. He has proven that in one-day cricket and he's now very excited about the opportunity to try and prove that he deserves to play Test cricket.'' Gilchrist was unhappy with the criticism from the former players, most of which were directed to former Australian coach John Buchanan. ''I must say there has been a lot said in the papers this week, it seems. I guess one of the traits that we have a lot of pride in wearing the Baggy Green is that we show a lot of respect.

''That's what we have prided ourselves on. It is an elite club and we have always felt that a major characteristic of being in that club is to show respect. It just seems that some guys in retirement have lost that,'' he said.

In the past few days, Shane Warne and Ian Chappell had picked on Buchanan, with Chappell stating that his daughter might have done better than Buchanan and Warne labelling Buchanan ''a goose''.

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