No problems with batting, bowling has been exceptional, claims Hop

Sydney, Feb 23 (UNI) Comfortably ensconced at the top in the points table, Australia will be eyeing a win to have a psychological edge over India, who have challenged the hosts on every front on their current tour Down Under, when the two teams lock horns here tomorrow.

Despite reaching the finals, the home team is in no mood take tomorrow's game lightly and wants to take their winning form into the finals of the CB series.

All-rounder James Hopes said, ''India have some of the form bowlers and class players like Sachin, Sehwag, and Yuvraj have started to score runs.

''They will come hard knowing that if they beat us tomorrow they will be the form team going into the final,'' he said.

''We will be trying to get the psychological edge tomorrow regardless of whether it is a high scoring or low scoring game.'' Australia have struggled with its batting in the series so far but Hopes believes it's the bowling that has been exceptional from all the three sides which is making the batting look ordinary.

''You can call it bad batting or exceptional bowling. The wickets are slow and it takes a bit to get in for a batsman.

''The batsmen are not scoring a lot of runs given the conditions we are playing in where some of the pitches are low and slow,'' Hopes said.

Australia have lost only one game so far and Hopes feels that toss will be a major factor which captain Ricky Ponting has called right on most occasions.

''We are getting to bat first, so our bowlers know what they are bowling to.'' The world champions have recalled pace spearhead Brett Lee for tomorrow's match against India with left-arm pacer Mitchell Johnson likely to sit out.


Story first published: Saturday, February 23, 2008, 17:33 [IST]
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