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September 29, 2008
VVS Laxman has said India will need to seize every opportunity to win the upcoming home Test series against Australia. "I think you should grab the opportunities and not lose them," he told the Indian news channel CNN-IBN. "With other teams you can get back in the game, but against Australia, when you get the opportunity, make sure you are on top".
He said batting well would be crucial to put Australia under pressure. "Whenever we have batted well against them and put up a huge score, we have always put them under pressure," he said. "The Indian spinners then, could also use the home conditions to their advantage."
Laxman, who boasts a formidable record against Australia, said the rivalry would be the best draw for cricket lovers. "We have played against a lot of teams in various series but playing against Australia always, right from the 2001 series to the last one in Australia, went down to the wire," he said. "The highly intense battles were the best cricket for the viewers".
Laxman averages 50.63 in 20 Tests against Australia. He said he enjoyed performing against them, particularly their pace attack, now spearheaded by Brett Lee. "It gives you a lot of satisfaction when you perform against the best side and the best bowling attack in world cricket".
He said the nature of his batting depended on the situation. "I could play an innings like I did at Sydney [in 2008] where I batted at No. 3 and went after the bowling". Laxman scored a brisk 109 off 142 balls in that match, which India lost by 122 runs. "I could also play an innings like the one in Perth where I batted with the tail and got 79 which was very useful in the context of the game as India won by 72 runs".
Laxman, who played for Rest of India against Delhi in the Irani Trophy recently, said he was looking forward to a highly-competitive series. "It's going to be a intense series. So I'd like to do my bit and help India win the series".
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