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"India have been assigned the task of rejuvenating an alarmingly forgettable cricket season. Nothing less than a stirring performance from the visitors can atone for the numerous setbacks the game has suffered as it lurches towards triviality," writes Peter Roebuck in the Sydney Morning Herald.
Despite their last-minute appearance and the recent rains, India could put up a fight. Certainly the team has sound leadership. Anil Kumble is a calm captain capable of commanding loyalty from his contemporaries and respect from the youngsters. Australia crushes the anonymous and fraudulent. But none of the Indians are burdened with a weak mind. Most of the team are larger than life and have proud records and high expectations. They will not be easily cut down to size or beaten before a ball has been bowled.
George Binoy is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfoFeeds: George Binoy
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