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India ready for Aussie aggression : Dhoni

cricket Updated: Dec 18, 2007 15:43 IST

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Australia have warned India of a hostile series Down Under but vice-captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said they will not shy away from maintaining that aggressive tempo which unnerved the World Champions during their visit here for the ODI series.

"It will be interesting. They are famous for aggressive cricket and their temperament on the field. We are quite ready for it. We showed them it during the home series as well," Dhoni said.

"I think its not about the mind games that you play. I believe in playing good cricket on the ground and giving your 100 per cent and playing good aggressive cricket. And it is not about what you are saying or using media as one of the strategies to put pressure on the opponent", the wicket keeper batsman told NDTV.

Dhoni said adapting to the Australian conditions as quickly as possible will be the key to India's performance in the high profile series.

"It is about playing good cricket and more about adaptability... You have to adopt quickly to the condition and you have to play according to the situation," he said.

"We faced a lot of swing music when we went to England. Every country specialises in something and Australia is famous for bouncy tracks like England is for swing and India for spin bowling. So when you go to any country, the challenges that you face is different. You have to play well over a period of time and adapt quickly," he said.

On the personal front, Dhoni said it will be an exciting experience for him because he will be touring the country for the first time.

"I have played in most of the countries and now I am going to Australia. I think New Zealand is the only country left. It is very exciting because the cricket played there is very different.

"On my first tour I would love to do well. It is a new challenge for me and new responsibility for me and I am looking forward to it," he added.