Aussies ready to combat the ghost of reverse swing

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New Delhi, Oct 28 (UNI) Stung by the early reverse swing that the Indians have been able to extract in the series so far, the Australian team is putting in its best efforts to combat it and captain Ricky Ponting admits that his team has learnt from its mistakes and is eyeing to square the series in the third Test at the Feroz Shah Kotla that begins here tomorrow.

Talking to the mediapersons here on the eve of the match, Ponting said, ''we have spoken a lot about it. Reverse swing played a very big role in the first two Tests and more so in the second Test in which the Indians certainly bowled us out with the reverse swing.'' ''It is now up to our batsmen and they will have to play better than we did last week to combat the reverse swing,'' he added.

The Australian captain admitted that the mistakes in the series have made them learn a few lessons and that was one of the reasons why the World Champions were seen sweating it out at the nets since the last three days.

''I think whether you win or lose, it alsoways teaches you something.

''We have been preparing well for this Test. I know what mistakes I made in that Test and my teammates are also well aware of their mistakes.

''True test would be to not to repeat those mistakes again,'' he said.

When asked about whom would he prefer to see in the Indian playing XI considering the fact that Harbhajan Singh is not fully fit and Amit Mishra might get a a nod tomorrow.

''Mishra did a good job at Mohali and Harbhajan has a great record against us. He is a great player to have in the team,'' the Tasmanian said.

The Australian, however, denied that there was any pressure on the team following the record 320-run defeat at Mohali and Ponting said there was no need to prees the panic button yet.

''I don't think there is any need to be panic with one loss but yes, we have to learn from our mistakes and we are well prepared for the challenge,'' he stated.

Australia arrived here in India with Greg Chappell as the assistant coach for the first two Tests but that did not prove to be of any use as the visitors had an embarassing outing at Mohali.

About Bishan Singh Bedi and former Australian captain Steve Waugh's interaction with the team members, Ponting said they just made some normal visits which had nothing to do with vitors' poor show in the series.

''I don't know where he (Bedi) came from. But yes, he did interact with our spinners gave them his inputs. He had some encouraging words for Jason (Krejza). It must have been a worthwhile experience for the two spinners.

''As far as Steve is concerned, he was here for an MCC assignment so gave a visit to our team practice,'' Ponting conceded.

Ponting further added that Stuart Clark was fully fit to play the Test and Peter Siddle will have to make way for him. However, he rerained from saying anything on who amongst the two spinners - Krejza and Cameron White - would make it to playing XI.

The Aussie captain said the pitch was a batting paradise and predicted huge batting scores on the first couple of days.

''We will see it tomorrow whether to include Cameron or Jason. But yes, the pitch looks good to bat on. The areas which do not have grass are completely dry and we can expect some good scores on the first two days,'' he added.

The right-hander was happy with the way the series has gone so far and said a few words exchanged here and there hardle makes a difference.

He said Adam Gilchrist's remarks over Sachin Tendulkar should not be taken to any level as the two players have sorted out the issue amongst themselves.

''I don't think there is any melace between them. Adam did call up Sachin to clear the air and I don't think there is any need to carry it on.

''What Zahher did was in the heat of the moment and it can happen at times. But whatever we have seen so far in the series is good intense cricket,'' he noted.


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