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IPL may not get me back in ODIs: Laxman

Agreeing with Sachin Tendulkar, Laxman said that the Aussies went on defensive after the controversial Sydney Test.
PTI | By HT Correspondent, Mumbai
UPDATED ON MAR 13, 2008 09:49 PM IST

Stylish middle-order batsman VVS Laxman today said he wanted to get back to the Indian one-day squad but wasn't sure whether the selectors would judge his performance in the IPL to book his place in the shorter version of the game.

"I am not sure whether the performance in the IPL will help me get back to the one-day team. It will be a good challenge playing in the IPL and want to do well for my team," Laxman said.

On not being chosen in the one-day sqaud in the recent tri-series in Australia, Laxman said it was the selectors call but would look forward playing in the one-day team given the opportunity.

"It was the selectors' call. I am happy I did reasonably well in the Test matches. But given a chance I'll look forward to playing in one-dayers also," he added.

He agreed with Sachin Tendulkar that the Aussie team went on the defensive after the controversial Sydney Test match.

"I agree with what Sachin (Tendulkar) said that after the Sydney Test, they weren't their normal self, not the normal game of being aggressive. You could make out that they were not aggressive as before."

Laxman said the upcoming home series against South Africa would be crucial and could be the beginning of India's quest to reach the number one spot in Tests.

"We have Gary Kirsten as our coach who is a hardworking guy. His expertise will help us a lot during the series," said Laxman.

Laxman added that Shaun Pollock's absence from the South African squad will definitely make a difference to the visiting team since he (Pollock) had the skill to change the direction of a game with the bat and the ball.

"Pollock will definitely be missed as he adds balance to the visiting side coming at number seven and can win the match with his batting skill," he added.

He said playing against the country which he made his Test debut would be very challenging and the visitors had a good mix in the form of Dale Styen and Albie Morkel in the fast bowling department and also has a good spin attack.

Laxman said the pitches will suit the spinners and the series would be "a big challenge" for the Indians.

He hailed the captaincy of Anil Kumble and said he handled the team very well and was very mature in his leadership.

"Kumble is very mature and handled the team in Australia very well. Knowing him quite well, he has done what was excepted of him," Laxman added.

He hoped that Australians playing in the IPL get a warm welcome in India and are able to share a cordial relationship.

"There was a lot of talk off the field (in Australia). I just want that the boys have a cordial relationship with (Andrew) Symonds and Adam Gilchrist."

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