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Tuesday , February 26 , 2013
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‘A good wicket for Test cricket’

Chennai: Ravindra Jadeja thinks that it’s important to bowl in the right areas on the sort of turning wicket that the Chepauk sports.

“There is turn in the wicket, everyone knows that, everyone can see that… But sometimes, there’s more turn than usual, which you don’t really need. Mainly, we’ll have to bowl in the right areas. We need to take one wicket early on the fifth day, get them out and get whatever runs we’re set to win,” the all-rounder said.

Jadeja feels the credit for the success should go to all the spinners.

“The Australians have this ego… They try to play more positive. If they have played three-four overs of maiden, they show their aggression so that they don’t come under pressure. But this wicket has been turning through the match, and we’ve bowled well…

“(Ravichandran) Ashwin has bowled well, (Harbhajan Singh) Bhajjupa has bowled well... Everyone has played their role, whenever they’ve got to bowl. Now, we’ve got to take their last wicket quickly and the runs that are left to score, 50-55 or whatever, get them…”

Is this sort of wicket good for Test cricket? “Yes, it’s a good wicket… In Test cricket, you win only if you get 20 wickets. The centre of the wicket is not damaged, so it’s good for fast bowlers. Whatever wear and tear has happened, it’s happened due to the footmarks of the bowlers…I think it’s a good wicket for Test cricket.”

Jadeja felt a change of bowling plan paid off in the second innings.

“In the first innings, I was sometimes going towards the leg stump, against the right-handers, especially Clarke. I was thinking that I had to bowl from near the stumps, and bowl at off and middle. I had been hit for two boundaries towards mid wicket, so I should not have bowled towards the leg side.

“I was trying to do that in the second innings, to bowl an off and middle line to the right-handers, then get the turn from the wicket… Wanted to bowl stump to stump, and a bit outside off stump,” Jadeja, who has taken two wickets in the second innings so far, said.