Kirsten will not make impact Down Under: Moody

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Perth, Jan 14 (UNI) The arrival of consultant Gary Kirsten will not be able to improve Team India's performance in the ongoing series, former Aussie all-rounder Tom Moody said.

''The disadvantage for him (Kirsten) is that he is going halfway into the series,'' Moody said. ''He can't do any preparation with the team.'' ''He may know the seniors in the group but does not know the players that well. It will not be fair to be judging Kirsten in the first match he takes over,'' he added.

The former Australian all-rounder said, ''Over time, he will build relationships with all members of the team and get an understanding of the characters and work with them.'' Pointing out the difficulties the South African will face Down Under he said,''It's difficult to play Australia at home, particularly when India are 0-2 down. It is not an easy situation for the management or players.'' ''Building and moulding a team takes time,'' he said.

''It takes months for a coach to do it and if he's given the required support and time, he will continue to improve the squad around him,'' he added.

Moody, however, stated that Kirsten has the potential to deliver the goods provided he gets sufficient time.

''Gary is highly respected and regarded as a cricketer and as a person. He has been a wonderful player; he's got all the experience at the top level.'' ''He has been coaching for some time in South Africa, so he has got good experience and pedigree,'' Moody said.


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