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Bouncy tracks await India for Test series

South Africa will prepare sporting wickets for the five-match ODI series against India, according to coach Mickey Arthur.

india Updated: Nov 15, 2006 17:15 IST

South Africa will prepare sporting wickets for the five-match one-day international cricket series against India, according to coach Mickey Arthur.

However, the Indians could be greeted by fast and bouncy tracks in the three-match Test series (December 15-Jan 6) to follow, given their susceptibility to pace.

“All we want is good wickets. Of course, for Test matches, they will be different. We’ll get together to discuss it,” Arthur was quoted in the media on Monday.

The Indians will take on Rest of South Africa in a warm-up match in Benoni on Thursday before the first ODI on Sunday.

They are also slated to play a Twenty20 match slotted in between the fourth and fifth ODIs.

The South Africans, led by Graeme Smith, would assemble in Johannesburg on Thursday to discuss their strategy for the tour.

No comments on Azza: Dravid

Meanwhile, captain Rahul Dravid played with a straight bat when asked for his reaction on former captain Mohd Azharuddin’s recent comments branding Indian team as lacking in discipline and calling for an end to the experiments that were going on in the team.

“We are a country of a billion people and every person is entitled to his or her opinion.

“I cannot and do not want to go and challenge each and every person’s opinion,” Dravid said, refusing to comment on Azhar’s charges.

“We are here to play our game to the best of our ability and we are doing that. We are not interested in what other people are saying, otherwise all our time would go into challenging the people’s opinions,” he observed.

Azhar was known for his determination and devotion to fitness and discipline during his tenure as India captain.

“I do not want to react to Azharuddin’s opinion and he is entitled to have one,” the Indian captain signed off.

Azhar was banned for life in 2000 after allegedly being involved in the match fixing scandal which rocked the world. Off late, he has been seen at match venues.

First Published: Nov 13, 2006 22:57 IST