'India may play 2 spinners tomorrow'

Updated on Feb 09, 2008 09:58 PM IST
Virender Sehwag admits the Indians usually fare poorly at the MCG because its huge size is a problem in fielding.
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PTI | ByAshish Shukla, Melbourne

India may consider the option of going into tomorrow's tri-series cricket match against Australia with two spinners looking at the slow nature of the MCG track, according to Virender Sehwag.

"Looking at the slow and low conditions which usually prevail at the MCG, we would even consider the option of playing with two spinners," Sehwag said on Saturday.

The opening batsman admitted that the Indians usually fared poorly at the MCG, venue for Sunday's clash against Australia, because its huge size was a problem in fielding.

"We don't do well at the MCG because it's a big ground and fielding is a difficult proposition here. Individually, we have had some good moments here but collectively this venue hasn't been good for us," Sehwag said reflecting on the 2-7 win-loss ratio of Indians at this historic venue.

Individually, though Indians also have some fine memories from this venue, including one for Sehwag himself when he smashed 195 against the Australians in a Test here during the 2003-04 series.

The Delhi dasher still believed Australia could be put under pressure if his side was able to deny them wickets for long stretches of period.

"We have the potential to beat Australia. We are the only side which has done it successfully. We would try and do well here tomorrow. If you can deny them wickets, we have seen they could be put under pressure. But you have to play well for full 100 overs in order to beat them," Sehwag said.

Sehwag felt that having had three outdoor practice sessions in Melbourne would stand his young side in good stead. "We have practiced hard for three days and it would help the youngsters. They are getting better day by day and looking forward to tomorrow's game," he added.

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