Warne asks Aussies to stand-up and realise their worth

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Sydney, Oct 23 (UNI) Legendary leg-spinner Shane Warne has advised the Australian team which was hammered by India in the second Test at Mohali, to stand-up and make everyone realise that they comprise champions' stuff and fight the blues against India.

''When the chips are down and you are challenged as a group and as individuals, the great players and the champions stand up. This is how you separate and define the good teams and individuals from the great,'' Warne said.

''Mohali's gone, deal with it. Say well played and carry yourself well, hold your head high. But deep down use it as motivation and keep that hunger that's inside alive,'' the 41-year-old told Daily Telegraph.

However, Warne, who has taken 708 wickets in his cricketing career, agreed on the fact that it was difficult to beat India in their own den and pointed that the atmosphere was suffocating with fans and media crowding from every corner makes it even more difficult.

''This is where experience and calm heads rise to the top, and Ponting and (Michael) Clarke as leaders will become crucial, sitting around over a glass and chewing the fat with the team and coming up with some new plans. Talking tactics as a group is important,'' he said.

''Be the man to drag the team along and in the right direction, be prepared for whatever the opposition throws at you, fight and never give up, don't be afraid and start thinking negatives and what ifs,'' Warne added.

The former Aussie captain, however, proved his captaincy skills in the inaugural IPL season by leading a bunch of dark horses to the title victory.

''No need to sharpen the guillotine or write off any players just yet. Sure, India has had the wood on Australia in their last four Tests in Perth, Adelaide, Bangalore and now Mohali. The scoreline reads: India 2 wins, Australia 0, draws 2. Not great, but no need to panic,'' he quipped.

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