Kumble advises Dravid to relax

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Sydney, Jan 1 (UNI) India captain Anil Kumble has adviced team-mate Rahul Dravid to free his mind and has assured that the former captain will come up with good scores in the ongoing four-Test series against Australia .

He added that it is just a matter of time when runs again start flowing from Dravid's willow as he just needs to free his mind and leave the past performances behind him.

''If Dravid frees his mind, runs will follow,'' Kumble said a day before the second Test begins at Sydney.

Dravid, who scored at a snail's pace in the two innings of the MCG Test was encouraged by the captain to relax for the second Test against Australia.

''For some people it feels that the more time you spend on the field the better you are prepared.

''For some people it feels that you need a bit of a break, to relax and think about what went wrong,'' Kumble said.

Kumble added by saying, ''now it is important for us to switch off and think about all the positive things we have done in the past.'' The Indians underwent a training session at the SCG today.

In-form batsman Sourav Ganguly has been sick since Melbourne with a cold and fever but Kumble said he would be ready for tommorow's match.

When asked about Jaffer's place at the top of the order Kumble said, ''I'll leave it 50-50.'' Kumble believes that his men will use the heavy defeat in Melbourne to spur them to a better performance.

''We know what the challenges are ahead and whatever discussions we've had in the team after the defeat, everybody is positive and everybody is keen to ensure that we put up a good show,'' he said.

Kumble dismissed the speculations about Dravid's place in the team.

''He needs to relax. I did have a chat with him. He is aware of that and I am sure he will be able to go out and bat the way he does,'' he said.


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