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‘Needle contest will make tour more interesting’

Yuvraj believes that tension, caused by racial slur against Symonds, would make Australia tour interesting, reports Amol Karhadkar.
Hindustan Times | By Amol Karhadkar, Mumbai
UPDATED ON OCT 24, 2007 01:18 AM IST

The recent seven-match one-day series against Australia was overshadowed by the animosity between the players and the racial abuse faced by Andrew Symonds.

Yuvraj Singh believed that the tension would make India’s tour Down Under at the end of the year even more “interesting”.

“We have said some things to them. Obviously they will say some things to us when we go over there,” Yuvraj said here on Tuesday after launching a range for an apparel brand he endorses. “Any tour to Australia is a tough tour. But we did well the last time we went there. Hopefully, we will be able to repeat the show.”

However, Yuvraj and his teammates have another task before the Australia tour. India host Pakistan in five ODIs and three Tests, starting November 5.

Yuvraj, who was been in sublime touch with the bat, was wary of the Pakistan bowling attack.

“We cannot single out a bowler to be targeted,” he said. “They are a very good bowling unit. Umar Gul is bowling very well, Mohammad Asif is their strike bowler and if Shoaib Akhtar is also in the team, he can be dangerous.”

Despite hitting six sixes in an over during the World Twenty20 and a century against the world champions in ODIs, Yuvraj still believed he had a lot to prove.

“I don’t consider myself a good cricketer unless I do well in Tests,” he said.

Yuvraj also welcomed the International Cricket Council’s decision to restrict the number of Twenty20 Internationals to be played by a team in a year to seven.

“It’s a very good decision even if Twenty20 cricket is a delight for crowds and batsmen.”

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