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India in good position
27 December 2011

India in good position but needs to do more, says R. Ashwin, who finished with three wickets in Australia's first innings, spoke after play of the importance of “readiness” for a bowling unit.

“It's very important to have the readiness to go on to the park and take ten wickets,” said the off-spinner.

“In the Ashes last season, England always looked like they wanted to bowl rather than bat. That's the impression a good bowling attack gives. How we recover after the first innings and how ready we are to bowl will be important. A lot depends on our readiness in the second innings.”

Asked about his role on a first-day wicket, Ashwin, who bowled 24 overs at a stretch, said, “I did want to shut down one end so the three seamers could be rotated from the other end. It's not often spinners get wickets on the first and second day. “A lot of things need to come together for that. I was happy with the way I was releasing it. The bounce will always keep me in the game. There was not much deviation, but there was bounce and drift. It drifted both ways in the air and I tried to use that.”

Ashwin said India was in a good position after the second day, but more work was needed.

‘Huge blow'

Brad Haddin, Australia's representative at the press conference, seemed to agree with Ashwin's assessment of the match, but said that his team had struck a “huge blow” by dismissing Sachin Tendulkar.

“It's important to really shut the scoreboard down and create some opportunities,” said Haddin. “India did well, but it's a clean slate on day three.”

PTI adds:

After the heat generated by the two controversial decisions on the opening day, the first Test just got spicier as Indian opener Virender Sehwag was on Tuesday involved in an altercation with Australian pacers James Pattinson and Peter Siddle during the visitors' first innings here.

The incident happened in the fourth ball of the seventh over — and fourth after lunch break — bowled by Pattinson.

Sehwag, who was on 16, played the ball down to fine leg and ran for a single. Pattinson stood at the middle on his follow through with his elbow stretched which Sehwag evaded.

After completion of the run, an angry Sehwag had a few harsh words for the bowler and he was also seen pointing his bat towards Pattinson. The big-bodied Pattinson answered back with equal aggression.

Siddle, who was stationed at mid-off, came to join the argument.

Finally, it was umpire Marais Erasmus who spoke to Sehwag to calm down before the proceedings continued.

On the first day, the dismissals of Australian opener Ed Cowan and Michael Hussey had kicked up a controversy with the former questioning the ICC's failure to implement the Decision Review System for all Test series.

The Australian media blasted the Indian Cricket Board for refusing to use the DRS in the series while calling visiting coach Duncan Fletcher a “hypocrite”.

















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