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cricket Updated: Dec 23, 2011 23:59 IST

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‘Sans Zaheer, India’s bowling attack weak’
Australian captain Michael Clarke feels that without pace spearhead Zaheer Khan, the Indian bowling attack will be surely in great trouble during the four-match Test series that starts here Monday with the Boxing Day Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).

“The Indians have struggled with a few injuries to their bowling attack, and they will need Zaheer Khan to be fit otherwise there will be a lot of pressure on the other Indian bowlers,” said Clarke.

Calrke said that the summer will be all about the experience and class of India against the talent and energy of this exciting Australian team. “It should make for a thrilling contest for the 75,000 people in the stands,” he added.

Punters bet on Sachin’s 100th ton
Punters Down Under have placed the bets on tendulkar getting to the elusive mark in the series-opener in Melbourne. It has evoked a bid of 9/4 as per the Next on the favourites list is the Sydney Cricket Ground with odds staked at 3/1 followed by the Perth (5/1) and the Adelaide (7/1).

Aussies lack technique, says Rod Marsh
The current crop of Australian cricketers are struggling because they have not been “taught the correct technique for batting, bowling and fielding”, feels the country's newly-appointed manager of elite coaching development, Rod Marsh.

“When someone does run in and swing the ball, it becomes almost unfair because the batsmen don't know how to deal with it,” Marsh told ‘The Advertiser’.

“You have to learn to play the swinging ball because it is part of the art of batsmanship and to play the swinging ball, you need a good technique.

“Then there are no excuses; what has to happen is you have to be taught the correct technique for batting, bowling and fielding then you are ready for anything,”