Perth has not affected our morale : Hussey

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Adelaide, Jan 21 (UNI) Putting behind the defeat in the third Test, Australian opening batsman Michael Hussey today asserted that the Perth loss has not affected the morale of his team.

''We're very positive guys, very close-knit. It will just make us work harder, prepare better and be more determined for the Adelaide Test,'' he said.''It was good, hard cricket and that's where we want to be.

''You can't go forever without losing. We've got to move on look forward to Adelaide.'' He lauded the Indian seamers for their excellent display in Perth.

''They bowled particularly well in the Perth Test,'' he said.

''They are good bowlers and, like any bowlers in the world, you treat them with respect and they had their day against us in Perth.'' ''You never underestimate any bowlers and we treat whoever we are playing with the utmost respect. We prepare very, very well against every team.'' Hussey, however, expected the Indian bowlers to be less effective in Adelaide because of the conditions.

''They've got the skills to consistently swing the ball, any batsman is going to find it tough, but I don't think it will swing as much in Adelaide.

''Having said that, they are obviously a very fine bowling unit, very balanced be it a matter of swing, seam or spin.'' He stated that India is one of the best Test teams at present, ''India have to be right up there because of how well they are playing away from home.'' UNI XC AB CS nd1746

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