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'We've different plans for diff bowler'

Australia's Michael Hussey says every home batsman will be armed with separate strategy for each Indian bowler.

cricket Updated: Dec 21, 2007 18:38 IST

In a veiled warning to Anil Kumble and his teammates, Australia's middle order bulwark Michael Hussey said every home batsman will be armed with separate strategy for each Indian bowler when they walk out to bat in the forthcoming Test series.

Hussey said the hosts had not left any stone unturned in their preparation and they would come hard at the Indians. "We have done quite a bit of preparation: video footage and all. We have also faced them before. Different guys will have their own plans on how to handle different bowlers," said Hussey, a tower of strength in the middle order with his Bradmanesque average.

As for the pitch, Hussey conceded it was more in favour of batsmen these days at the MCG. "The pitches have changed. I believe it is a bit more batter-friendly. We will just have to wait until we get there to assess the conditions."

Hussey's attention was then drawn to the fact that the tourists struggled on the opening day of the tour and that classy Rahul Dravid could be opening the innings in Tests.

"Sometimes it is difficult for touring teams as soon as they get to Australia to adapt and adjust to conditions. I don't think I would be reading too much into their first out there...But come Boxing Day, everything will be different.

"As for Dravid, I am not sure if he is going to open in Tests or not. He is a quality player, a world class player, and he has been that for such a long time. For someone of that class, Dravid could bat anywhere in the order. If he opens the batting, he is going to do as good a job as at 3,4,5, 6 or even ten."

Hussey also admired the Indians' tenacity to keep going after so many matches on the road. "The amount of cricket they have played in the last one year has been tremendous. They are playing very good cricket and have good momentum going. They also have good form behind them.

"They have a lot of experienced cricketers who have played in Australia and done well. I am expecting one of the toughest challenges we have had in quite some time."