Australia hopes not to see Gambhir in Nagpur Test

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Nagpur, Nov 4 (UNI) Gautam Gambhir has become a growing concern for the Australian team and Michael Hussey today said his team is hoping that the one-Test ban imposed on him does not allow the opener to play in the Nagpur Test that begins here on November 6.

Gambhir, who scored a double century in the recently concluded Kotla Test, was handed a one-Test ban by the match referee Chris Broad for elbowing Australian all-rounder Shane Watson on the very first day of the match.

The Indian left-handed opener had appealed against the punishment and the decision is due to be announced.

Gambhir can play pending the hearing of his appeal by Justice Albie Sach but Hussey and his teammates are hoping that the left-hander would eventually miss the match.

''We're sort of hoping he'll miss the last Test but I think he'll still play pending his appeal,'' Hussey told mediapersons here.

''A process has been set in motion but if he is unable to play, it will certainly help us,'' he added.

He also stated that Gambhir reminds him of Australian opener Justin Langer and added that the way the Indian opener has played in the series so far, he has surprised the visiting team.

''He reminds me a lot of Justin Langer, small and punchy little character but knows his game very well, lets the ball come onto the bat, glides it through the offside well and works it off his pads.

''He's a very good player and probably someone who's exceeded our expectations about how well he's played,'' Hussey said.

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