Winning the first session will be vital, says Hussey

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Nagpur, Nov 4 (UNI) Australian middle-order batsman Mike Hussey today asserted that the first session of the fourth Test will be of utmost importance for the teams.

Speaking to the media after the Australian net session here today, the southpaw said they were not looking too ahead in the last Test, which they have to win to atleast finish on par with India, who have a 1-0 lead, adding that the Australians do not believe in looking too far ahead.

''We will be looking at winning sessions rather than looking that far ahead,'' he remarked.

Hussey further said whether they are batting or bowling, they have to stamp their ascendency in the first session itself.

The Australian left-hander also said he did not believe that the Australians have been more defensive this time round. ''It has been that we have played according to the situation.'' He also asserted that the team has taken a lot of positives from the Delhi Test, especially the form of the batsmen. ''We showed a lot of perseverance and application while chasing a huge score of above 600 by India. ''Whatever the wicket, when you are chasing that huge a score, it takes a lot of doing, and the Delhi wicket was by no means a flat batsman's paradise.'' Hussey also felt that it would have been better if they had been able to practice at the new stadium where the Test is going to be played to get a feel of the place. ''However this is not in our control and we have to move on. We will take a look at the wicket tomorrow and decide on our strategies.'' Replying to another query, Hussey did not feel the Indians would lose their focus with the retirement of Kumble and the imminent retirement of Sourav Ganguly after this Test. ''We wish they would get emotional and lose their focus, but that is not going to happen and we will need to be on the top of our game to be able to win it.'' UNI GS ZA AB DS1645

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