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We don't want to wait for final game to clinch series: Doherty

PTI  Nagpur, October 28, 2013
First Published: 18:13 IST(28/10/2013) | Last Updated: 18:15 IST(28/10/2013)

Australia are extremely keen to wrap up the seven-game ODI series here on Wednesday itself by winning the penultimate match in Jamtha and take an unassailable lead, left-arm spinner Xavier Doherty said today.

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"We have come here to win this game and we are not worried too much about Bangalore (venue of last game on November 2).

At the moment we are worried about winning this game and wrapping it up on Wednesday," said Doherty today after the team's training session.

Australia are 2-1 ahead in the rubber and India face a must-win situation here on October 30 to stay alive in the series.

"From our point of view this is the game we want to win. We don't want to save it for the last game on Sunday. We want to wrap up this game. Obviously from their (India's) point of view they need to win to stay alive and from that point, it is pretty crucial for them," said Doherty.

"We would rather be 3-1 up than 2-2 all. Both teams have played some very good cricket and it will be about who is better on Wednesday," he added.

While conceding that bowlers from both teams have found the going tough, especially with the new ODI rule on field restrictions, Doherty averred that it was better to grin and bear it.

"It's been pretty tough going for all bowlers. Conditions have been tough. It's been a rude challenge. Still having 20-20 cricket with five out and bringing them in. That's the way it is suck it up and move on personally I will rather have five fielders," he said.

"(But) from spectators point of view (there have been) more boundaries (hit), more runs scored. There have been 350-run chases and I am pretty sure we will have 400-run chases soon. No doubt that's the way cricket has been going. From my point of view, am trying to get my ten overs in as best as I can, build up pressure and get some wickets either from my end or at the other", he said.

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