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Hogg would do well against India, feels Warne

Aussie spin legend Shane Warne throws his weight behind Brad Hogg, saying his past performances against India can help him do well in Tests.

cricket Updated: Dec 21, 2007 11:22 IST

Throwing his weight behind Brad Hogg, spin legend Shane Warne said the chinaman bowler has done well against India in the one dayers and there is no reason why he can't do it against them in the forthcoming Test series as well.

Warne admitted supple wrists and nimble footwork of the Indian batsmen make them the best player of spin bowling but still believes Hogg would make his mark in the Test series.

"India plays the spinners extremely well, but Australian pitches are different. There is a lot of extra bounce and he (Hogg) can still have an impact. It's not low, slow, big-turning wickets. It's fast, bounce and not much turn," Warne was quoted as saying by the 'Herald Sun'.

Harbhajan Singh has already dared Australia to field Hogg, warning the spinner might cop quite a battering against his batting colleagues.

Rival captain Ricky Ponting picked up the gauntlet and invited India to have a go at the spinner.

Warne, meanwhile, conceded that against India, he did not do as well as he has done against other countries but insisted it was not too bad either.

"I think Hoggy will do well. They played me pretty well on the whole but I still had success against them."

Warne's optimism stems from the fact that Hogg did reasonably well in the ODI series against India and his advice was to stick to the same gameplan.

"You know they are going to play spin well and you are going to be under the pump a little bit. But the way he (Hogg) has played in one-day cricket is how he should bowl in Test cricket."

"His plans will be the same, he just has to look to get them out. He is going to go for a few more runs an over if he bowls his 20 overs. He is going to go for his 70 or 80 runs, but he might take three wickets and they can turn the game."

In the free-wheeling interview, Warne also predicted that 40-overs-a-side would take over from 50-over internationals but he pleaded not to tinker with Test cricket.

"I believe 50-over one-day internationals are finished," he said.

"But I believe the 50-over competition should be 40 overs, so we have a 40-over competition, Twenty20 and Test cricket.

"Experiencing Pro40 in England, it's like two Twenty20 games. Everybody wants everything fast. Pro40 has skill involved, is cricket and is entertaining. It ticks all the boxes. It also saves about 90 minutes."

On the longer version of the game, he said, "Everything is very good, don't change it. Don't touch it. Test cricket is for tradition. Keep it. There is nothing wrong with it. It is up to other countries to lift their game and raise the bar."

Warne, meanwhile, prescribed a limited role for Twenty20.

"Twenty20 is how minor nations, the likes of Canada and Holland, can improve and promote the game.

"Keep Twenty20 to a minimum and keep it special because it is so entertaining. Just as long as administrators don't get greedy."