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Indian batsmen will make merry against Hogg: Bhajji

Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh feels that their batsman will be very comfortable against Australia's spinner Brad Hogg.

cricket Updated: Dec 17, 2007 12:22 IST

Off-spinner Harbhajan Singh today claimed Australia is short on spin bowling options and Indian batsmen would feast on brad Hogg's bowling should the left-arm chinaman bowler be selected for the first test in Melbourne.

The Punjab bowler declared Hogg was not close to the illustrious tweakers that have represented Australia at test level in recent times.

"Without (Shane) Warne and (Stuart) MacGill, there are no quality spinners in Australia," Harbhajan told the 'Herald' newspaper.

"From our point of view, we would be happy to see how hogg would go against the best players of spin in the world. It would be a big test for him, and we all know how he bowls," Harbhajan said.

"He is not close to the class of Warne and MacGill. If they play Hoggy, I will wish him all the best because I have nothing against him, but I would be happy to see him bowl at our batsmen. If you look at our line-up, we have players like Sourav (Ganguly), VVS (Laxman), Sachin (Tendulkar) and Rahul (Dravid). They're all great players of spin," he added.

Australian selectors will name the test squad for the Melbourne test on Thursday.

Hogg has had two first-class five-wicket hauls this season, along with solid one-day international form, and is the obvious choice to replace MacGill, who will sit out the remainder of the international summer after surgery.

Harbhajan, though, felt the Western Australian could struggle to make the transition to test cricket after a four-year absence.

"One-day and test bowling are very different for a spinner," he said. "There would be a lot of pressure on Hogg."

With speedster Shaun Tait in menacing form, Australian selectors could also opt for an all pace attack to rattle Anil Kumble's side.

Harbhajan, who accused the Aussies of boorish and vulgar behaviour during the recent limited overs series in India, also warned that India would not be intimidated by verbal volleys unleashed by Ricky Ponting's men.