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Series against India bigger than Ashes: Katich

The Australian batsman reckons his team's rivalry against India has become "bigger" than the Ashes in recent times and predicts the upcoming Test series will be tough for his side.

cricket Updated: Sep 11, 2008 16:24 IST

Australian batsman Simon Katich reckons his team's rivalry against India has become "bigger" than the Ashes in recent times and predicts the upcoming Test series in October will be tough for his side.

Katich, who is currently in India leading the Australia 'A' team, said beating India at home in 2004 was one of the greatest victories for Australia and the team was geared up to repeat the feat.

Asked whether a series against India was bigger than the Ashes, Katich said " Definitely. I feel the hard fought series in 2001 when India won that Test match in Kolkata after being down in the dumps triggered this fascinating rivalry.

"Later we beat India in their own backyard in 2004 after 35 odd years and got the much-desired revenge. It was one of the greatest victories for us. Once again India came to Australia last year and it was a fantastic series. This year in October once again it's going to be a toughie for us. I can't wait for it", he told cricketnirvana website.

Recalling the tour of 2004, he said the Australian quick bowlers did a fantastic job getting the ball to reverse.

"That definitely helped us beat the Indians. Shane Warne's contributions can be easily forgotten since the quickies grabbed all the wickets but honestly he played the role of support bowler really well and got the breakthroughs at crucial junctures", he said.

In the third Test match of that series in Nagpur, Sourav Ganguly had a spat with the curator and opted out of the Test match and Katich believes that development helped the Australians.