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Arthur's main goal to beat India in upcoming Test series

Dhaka, Mar 15 (UNI) After toppling world champions Australia to regain top spot in the ICC ODI Championship table, South African coach Micky Arthur has said ''beating India in the upcoming Test series is one of our main goals.'' The three-Test series between India and South Africa would start in Chennai on March 26.

''We will go all out to win the series in India,'' Arthur told Cricinfo.

''The Bangladesh win has set us up nicely for the India series.

Frankly, we always saw this (Bangladesh) tour as pre-India tour preparation where we got our game and gameplans right for the big one. It's going to be a fantastic Test series simply because India is a huge team to beat in their own country, and we are not prepared to be just another ordinary rival,'' the coach said.

Arthur also spoke of setting high standards for the team, which he admitted would be tested in India. ''Not many teams go to India and win, so that's one of our main goals for the year.'' South Africa swept the two-Test series against Bangladesh and wrapped up the one-day series 3-0 with a seven-wicket win in Mirpur yesterday. The team would leave Bangladesh today and is scheduled to fly out from Johannesburg for Chennai on March 21.


Story first published: Saturday, March 15, 2008, 13:34 [IST]
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