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Last Updated: Monday, 8 December, 2003, 14:14 GMT
Ganguly seeks spin improvement
India skipper Sourav Ganguly
When you play against Australia you all have to perform
India captain Sourav Ganguly

Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly is looking for spinner Harbhajan Singh to raise his game following the drawn first Test against Australia.

India dominated periods of the rain-hit match in Brisbane Test, but Harbhajan only managed match figures of 1-169.

"He's a class act but like anyone he can have an off game," said Ganguly.

"I want him to do well because he's a wicket-taker. He has to bowl better than this if we are to be successful."

India finished the first Test on 78-2 after being set an unlikely 199 to win in 23 overs.

He added: "Both sides have got positives out of this Test, but it's how we play there which is going to matter, and what you do on those five days [in Adelaide].

"When you play against a good side like Australia you all have to perform. Cricket is a confidence game."

Australia have named an unchanged squad for the second Test starting in the South Australian capital on 12 December, retaining controversial paceman Brad Williams.

Skipper Steve Waugh said the final day had gone to plan for Australia.

"I was pleased with what happened today," he said.

Australia skipper Steve Waugh
I wasn't appreciative of what was written because it was a mistake by both of us
Waugh on criticism over run-out with Damien Martyn

"That was our plan this morning, to take the last four wickets, to bat with some purpose and then have 20 overs at the Indians.

"We did exactly what we wanted to today."

Matthew Hayden fired 99 off 98 balls - scoring 1,000 calendar runs for the third year in a row - to propel Australia to 284-3 before the declaration came.

Waugh added: "I thought we batted well on day one, but things didn't go well the following day and India bowled well and then they batted pretty well so I probably have to say it was 50-50."

Meanwhile, Waugh lashed out at the Aussie media for their reporting on a first-innings mix-up which led to the run-out of team-mate Damien Martyn.

The retiring captain said criticism levelled at him over the run-out - which led the collapse - was of a personal nature.

"Too much has been made of it, but that's cricket, The next day I thought I had committed some sort of criminal offence," Waugh said.

"I think it was personal what was written the next day, I wasn't appreciative of what was written because it was a mistake by both of us.

"We were both to blame for that run-out, yet some of the innuendo I read next day was very disappointing."

And Former Test captain Greg Chappell accused Waugh of snubbing Justin Langer by hurrying onto the field before the opener had left after his top-scoring 121.

Waugh responded: "Justin had scored his 100 the night before, he only scored 10 runs extra that morning.

"That's always the way I've played it, I always get out there pretty quickly, it was certainly no disrespect, that's ridiculous to say that."




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