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The Wright way to nail them

As India line up their plans for another tough battle with Australia Down Under, the think-tank will do well to follow the template set by their former coach, John Wright. Sanjjeev Karan Samyal reports. Wright guidance

cricket Updated: Dec 19, 2011 01:18 IST
Sanjjeev Karan Samyal

As India line up their plans for another tough battle with Australia Down Under, the think-tank will do well to follow the template set by their former coach, John Wright.



The wily coach plotted New Zealand’s first Test win in Australia for 26 years last week.

“I always enjoyed the way they (Australia) play; the way they compete, you have to match that attitude, looking them in the eye, never looking up to them, getting them to where they are under pressure.

"I have always tried to coach the boys that they can make mistakes too. I’m really looking forward to this series, it is going to be really interesting, it should be a good gauge where both teams are at," Wright told HT.http://www.hindustantimes.com/images/HTPopups/191211/19-12-11-metro19.jpg

Wright can now lay claim to having played a key role in four Test wins on Australian soil. Following his success as a New Zealand opener in 1985, when they won Tests at Brisbane and Perth, he had also steeled India into challenging Australia and inspired them to a famous win at Adelaide on the 2003-4 tour.

“They are all special. Particularly for a Kiwi, there is no other place to do well. Going there with India (in 2003) was fantastic. We (India) hadn't won there for a long time and Agarkar, Laxman, Dravid and Kumble conjured up a great fighting victory.”

By unsettling the Aussies last week, his team could have done a good turn to the Indians ahead of the Melbourne Test.

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“You can look at it both ways. Australia had a wake-up call and they might do something about it. From India’s perspective, the batting looks strong. It’s the pace attack that is going to be critical.”

A lot will depend on how India start. "The first Test will be crucial. It will also depend on what sort of wickets are produced. They are playing at Adelaide and Sydney, both are good venues for India. India will have to make sure they play well at Melbourne and Perth."

Wright felt the raw Indian pace pack should follow England's example. "They bowled very well against Australia last year, they made the batsmen play forward and straight. So, we knew where we wanted to bowl. You can't be short in Australia,” he said.

“The other thing is you have to hold your chances, to beat Australia you can't drop catches, your close catches has to be really, really good.”