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Skipper backs his young pacers

Adelaide, Nov. 22 (AP): India captain Sourav Ganguly said on Saturday his team’s recent poor performance against Australia — three consecutive ODI losses — will give the hosts the mental edge in their four-Test series beginning next month.

Sourav, who arrived with his teammates in Adelaide, agreed the Indians had a mental barrier to overcome. “We’ve lost to them three times in the last one month in one-day cricket and we accept they’re a good side playing good cricket,” he said.

“That’s why it’s more of a challenge to raise our game and perform at par with them in Australia. We know they are going to be a tough side… they win overseas and at home, will be even tougher.”

Sourav doubted his inexperienced pace attack will struggle on the bouncy Australian pitches. India’s most experienced pace bowlers will be Zaheer Khan (26 Tests) and Ashish Nehra (13), but Sourav said both had proved themselves.

“They were inexperienced in the World Cup and to be honest they were on par with the best in the world, if you go through the records,” Sourav said.

“Even before the World Cup, we went to New Zealand and the fast bowlers took wickets.”

Sourav added his team had a core of experienced batsmen who had toured Australia before, and that India’s once poor overseas record had improved.

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