Nagpur, Nov 6 (UNI) After cooling his heels on the sidelines for three Tests, Jason Krejza finally proved himself by grabbing three important wickets against India and the off-spinner said he was satisfied with his first day's performance in Test cricket.
''It was good to get it out of the way, good to get the cap in the morning. It was a nervous wait but a happy start. I tried to keep my nerves as low as possible, it's something I've been preparing now for six weeks,'' Krejza, who scalped three top-order wickets of India, said here today.
''It was an enjoyable day, and got a couple of wickets which was fantastic. I saw a lot of footage of what I did there and of the Indian spinners, and that helped. I trust myself in what I bowl and that's what I did,'' said the off-spinner who was included in place of Stuart Clark for the last Test.
Krejza could have easily added another wicket to his tally as centurion Sachin Tendulkar was dropped twice off his bowling.
But the off-spinner was still pleased with his day's work and said he was prepared for the battering that he received from Virender Sehwag initially.
''I was expecting them to come after me early and it was nice to get that out of the way. I kept my head on my shoulders and had a bit of a chat with Ricky and Matty Hayden and got my nerves down and bowled quite well.
''Quite a difficult wicket for the seam bowlers, it was a bit like rolled mud. There were some footmarks there for me and hopefully, White will get a couple later on as well. The important thing is trying to be patient and hit my areas,'' he added.
Already trailing 0-1 in the series, Australian team had invited legendary spinner Bhishan Singh Bedi before the third Test at Delhi to give a few tips to their spinners.
''That was good to have someone of his stature, he is a legend obviously, and for him to be backing you as a spinner it was the confidence boost I needed.
''There were a few technical things we spoke about and how to bowl off-spin. It was more about relaxing. You can get little bit on edge, with expecting the wicket to turn, so it's about relaxing to keep hitting your areas,'' he stated.
The Tasmanian, who ended the first day with figures of three for 138, said he exploited the footmarks created by the bowlers and managed to turn the ball big on the Indian batsmen.
Krejza claimed opener Sehwag (66), Rahul Dravid (0) and VVS Laxman (64) as the home team ended the first day on 311 for five.
He further endorsed his captain's decision to take the second new ball as soon as it was available even though he was getting some good purchase from the wicket and noted that the first session tomorrow would play a crucial role in deciding that which way the match is heading.
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