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How Australians plotted Dravid's fall

Pacer Mitchell Johnson reveals his side gambled on Dravid's orthodox batting style to get the better of him in the 1st Test.

cricket Updated: Dec 30, 2007 14:25 IST

Australian pacer Mitchell Johnson on Sunday revealed that his side gambled on Rahul Dravid's orthodox batting style to get the better of him in the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne.

"I kept it outside the off-stump for him. That was the plan, to be patient to him because we knew he was a patient type of batsman," said Johnson at the MCG on Sunday.

"Unfortunately, a dropped catch in the gully and then a catch off a no-ball was disappointing," he added.

Dravid was twice let-off on nought in the first innings of the Test, which India lost by a massive 337 runs, both off Johnson, and had trouble in getting the ball offside the square. In general, he scored at five runs per hour.

He ultimately fell to part-time spinner Andrew Symonds after labouring to 16 runs against a miserly spell by Johnson and pace partner Brett Lee.

Johnson said he was constantly telling himself not to get overawed by the reputation of the Indian batsmen.

"I remember the game in the DLF Cup. I was more excited about bowling with Glenn McGrath at that time. I wasn't thinking about the reputation of the Indian batsmen," he said.

"I think in this Test I gave it a little more though. I backed myself and didn't think much who was at the other end. I think once you start thinking about who you are bowling to, you might start to struggle. I just backed myself," he added.

Johnson has a good success rate against India. In nine one-dayers against the Indians, Johnson has claimed 19 wickets, including career-best figures of 5 for 26.