Waugh tips senior players to bounce back at Kotla

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New Delhi, Oct 27 (UNI) Former Australian captain Steve Waugh has tipped senior players to come good in the third Test against India and warned the hosts to be wary of an Aussie backlash when the two sides take on each other here at Feroz Shah Kotla on October 29.

Waugh was here at the Kotla ground for two hours with the Australian team members who were practising in full strength.

''This is a big question. They have got the character to bounce back and they just need the confidence. I believe it will be the Indians who will be under pressure because of the way they have played their last few matches,'' Waugh told mediapersons here today.

The former right-handed batsman gave the Indian team ominous signs to be wary of an Australian backlash and said, ''judging by the practise of Australian players today I can say it was very intense and it's going to be a close contest.'' ''And pressure is definitely off the Australian team at the moment,'' he added.

The 1999, World Cup winning captain further added that the senior players in the Australian team will have to take the centre stage to thwart the Indian challenge.

''They all are very experienced and the senior players like Ricky, Lee, Matthew Hayden and Hussey will have to take the charge and lead the team from the front,'' he added.

On the difference between the Indian teams against which he has played and the current one, Waugh said, ''the Indian team does not rely only on spinners now.'' ''They have excellent pacers in (Ishant) Sharma and Zaheer.

To add to that, they also have quality spinners like Kumble and Harbhajan and the emergence of Mishra is definitely a great sign for the Indian team,'' he stated.

The Australians had a two-hour long practice session today during which Waugh was seen exchanging his piece of advice to the players.

''I did not give any tips to them. At times you think too much about some thing and keep concentrating on its outcome.

''The Australian team just need to enjoy the game and things would automatically fall in place,'' the former captain added.

Australian opener Matthew Hayden who has not been among the runs on this tour so far has been preparing hard for the next match.

''Hayden is a world class batsman and he just needs to spend some time in the middle. Past records for a player like him do come to mind but once he starts enjoying his time in the middle he will a different player altogether,'' he said.


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