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Rahul Bhatia in Mumbai
November 3, 2004
On a dismal day reduced to 11 overs by rain and bad light, Australia's coach, John Buchanan gave his thoughts after the close:
What Australia would have done if they won the toss
I haven't talked to Ricky [Ponting], but normal practice would be to bat, so that we can bowl last. Whether that was going to be his intention, I'm not sure. But as conditions turned out, having three quick bowlers right from the outset was a favourable move.
About the bad light
The light was pretty uneven all day. I think when you turn on the lights, it improves the conditions, but here it created more complications, because behind the bowler's arm, it became a [great] deal darker. They [the umpires] made the right decision about offering the light.
What the pitch is like
No matter where you go, you will always see something on offer to the new ball. I thought once the rain had intervened, there was some moisture on the wicket, [but] it settled down reasonably quickly.
On Brett Lee
There's been a temptation to play Brett Lee for the whole series, but as we've said all along, the three quick bowlers we have in the side have done a fantastic job.
The thinking behind picking Nathan Hauritz ahead of Cameron White
Nathan probably is a better spinner. Cameron is a batsman-bowler. Nathan is a far more experienced spin bowler. If we were to go to a line-up with two spinners, he was going to be our second choice after Shane Warne.
On McGrath and Kasprowicz's illness
They've passed it on to somebody else now, so there you are [chuckle]. We'll wait and see who comes down with it next.
Rahul Bhatia is on the staff of Wisden Cricinfo in India
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