India in Australia 2011-12 December 16, 2011

Australia struggle to combat swing - Rohit Sharma

ESPNcricinfo staff

Rohit Sharma, the India batsman, has said that Australia have a weakness against swing bowling that India will seek to exploit during the upcoming Test series.

"I heard they're having some problems against swing bowling, so we are very much putting all our thoughts together," Rohit said. "We will try and come hard at them where swing is concerned. We have a very good bowling unit which can put pressure on the Australians."

Rohit's comments echoed those of Zaheer Khan, who said on Thursday that India's bowlers will be aiming to exploit Australia's problems against the moving ball.

Australia were dismissed for less than 150 five times over the last two years, and collapsed for 47 against South Africa and 136 against New Zealand in their last two Test series. But Rohit said India were focussed on their own preparations rather than their opponent's struggles.

"We're not really concerned about what's going on their side. We want to focus on our preparation. It's a good sign they are having a batting camp, so we know their weaknesses and what they've gone through the last couple of weeks. We have all kept that in mind going into the first Test match. We will walk out there and we need to put pressure on them rather than taking the pressure on us."

India drew their two-day game against CA Chairman's XI, making 6 for 320 in reply to CA's 6 for 398. Rohit scored an unbeaten 56, while Sachin Tendulkar made 92 and VVS Laxman 57 before both retired to give others a chance to bat.

"It was a good preparation. We just wanted to get into the groove first. There's another practice match as well. [There wasn't] much for the bowlers on a flat track and the batsmen also got the runs, so I think we should be very happy with the way things have gone for batters and bowlers."

There was some concern for India when Ishant Sharma left the field after bowling only 5.3 overs on the first day, but Rohit said it was "just some discomfort" and that Ishant had seen a doctor and should be ready for the Boxing Day Test.

India have never won a Test series in Australia and Rohit admitted it was something that they think about, but "we would like to take one Test match at a time and see how it goes".

The first Test is at the MCG, where Tendulkar will resume his quest for his 100th international hundred. "Me and my team-mates, all of us and all the Indians, we don't want him to wait for too long now," Rohit said. "It's been a while, but I hope he gets the 100th century in the first game."

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  • Naresh on December 19, 2011, 9:46 GMT

    @subash - Yes the chance is there. Only problem is the pace bowling which is lacking when compared to Australia. India need to select better with its limited pace bowling pool.In the second tour game in progress right now, Australia are clearly testing out to see who is the best left armer. They have 4 left armers in this game so one will emerge to replace injured Johnson. Their planning is spot on.

  • Dummy4 on December 19, 2011, 7:45 GMT

    This is best possible Chance for India to register the series wins in AUSTRALIA,If India fails they never able to beat Aussies in atleast next 100 years thats the sure

  • Dummy4 on December 19, 2011, 5:38 GMT

    Rohit sharma should get a great chance to play first test against austalia.india got a classical and talented batsman ever in recent past like rohit sharma In young cricketer .rohit is better than virat kohli in form of test cricket .virat is also good. i hope selecter will consider about rohit . best of luck rohit.

  • Naresh on December 18, 2011, 17:30 GMT

    @nampally -I think India should send Nehra, Pathan and Sreesanth as backup and replacement bowlers. As you said before Rahul Sharma could also be a good choice.

  • Travis on December 18, 2011, 8:08 GMT

    I think many people are reading too much into Rohit's statement. I'm sure that he was just answering a reporters question as honestly as he could. As an Aussie fan it annoys me when our players get labelled as "arrogant" and the like when often they are just giving honest responses to questions from the media, so I have no problem whatsoever with Rohit saying this. I'd much rather hear a player speak openly like Rohit has here than give a canned and pointless soundbite. Besides, he's right.

  • Dummy4 on December 18, 2011, 5:56 GMT

    Ishant is out ... will see now how Srikanth and co gonna avoid IRFAN ?? gonna bring back Sreesanth aravind>??? or Laxmibathi Balaji ??

  • Dummy4 on December 18, 2011, 3:50 GMT

    look who is talking india strugglesin 2011 bh teams tour sa australia out for 47 india won in durba fastest pitch even scored 600 there tendulkar sco red 2 hundreds ponting 3 ducks one fifty in 2005 australia humilited by england in england india won against same attck in england in 2007 in england aussies lost to england in own backyard atleast past ten years england are humiliated in india and no 8 teamnewzealand beat aussiesin australia lolzzzzzzz no8 team beating you in australia thinking about winning from india the team humiliated you in perth so who is the team weak against playing swing bounce australialast five years not winning inhome

  • Christopher on December 18, 2011, 2:45 GMT

    While Im sure the magnificent Indian side will give its best as always,there must be a general awareness that its bowling attack is very thin,even given Australias current fragility.Those Indians who havent yet visited Australia should be aware that we dont have the cult of celebrity here.To us,great cricketeres are men who we admire for their ethics and courage,but at the end of the day,theyre just doing their job like the rest of us.None of the Australian cricketers stand on ceremony and if I were to meet them at the pub,theyd probably share a drink.When going to the MCG to watch the Boxing Day Test,as I have done since 1975 in the heyday of Lillee and Thomson,I celebrate the quality of the opposition & admire their differences as much as I enjoy Australias success.I look forward,like most Australians to watching the great Indian batting lineup,some for the last time in this country.On Boxing Day,I will be hoping that India bats so I can see Sehwag & Tendulkar in action.Cheers Boys.

  • Dummy4 on December 18, 2011, 2:36 GMT

    India should beat Australia comfortably in sydney and perth. Melbourne is going to be the tough one for india. Due to the large outfield and India being a poor fielding side our fielding is sure to get exposed. Hobart would be anyones game. So it should be a 2-2 or a 3-1 in favor of India. This is going to be one exciting series.

  • Christopher on December 18, 2011, 2:35 GMT

    In context,it should be observed that many teams have collapsed for sub-100 scores in the last 2 years.There was a vogue to preparing ,'results'wickets on which batsmen of any era had little hope of surviving,based on the entirely erroneous premise,propogated by self-interest groups,that more results were required in Test matches to maintain interest. Little could be further from the truth with more than 70% of test matches bring results and the remainder being predominantly affected by weather,which will happen in 5 day games.Who in India will rate the recent Test finish against the WI as anything other than unforgettable? The 7 run win by NZ v Aus must surely excite.Test cricket is the enactment of delayed gratification and acts of courage,endurance,teamwork and substance.It was once cited as promoting the manly virtues and has been widely respected for its character building qualities in our youth.T20 has none of this.Teams succeed on unified purpose and belief.Where is Australias?

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