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Chennai Test was a wake-up call: Greg

"It shook us out of the one-day mode to the Test mode," said the coach.

india Updated: Dec 09, 2005 18:38 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

Coach Greg Chappell on Friday said being dismissed for a low total in the rain-marred Chennai Test was probably a wake-up call for the Indian team but it was not time to press the panic button.

"We are not carried away by that. Maybe it was good for the team. It was a wake-up call ... It shook us out of the one-day mode to the Test mode, but we are not going further than that," Chappell said on the eve of the second Test against Sri Lanka at the Ferozeshah Kotla here.

India were all out for 167 in the only occasion they batted in the first Test in Chennai where more than 3-1/2 days' play was lost to rain.

"We have good batsmen in the side. With reasonably good scores (on a batting track at Kotla), they should be back at their best."

Chappell said it should not be a problem for the players to adjust to the longer version of the game after playing 11 ODI games in five weeks.

"Most of them are experienced players, they have done it many times before," he said.

"Perhaps we are not as well prepared as we would have liked to, losing three days (in Chennai) to rain and sitting in the hotel room."

"Batting was more difficult when we batted than when they did. I asked the players (after the match) and they said the ball stayed low initially."

"Hopefully that was the case, but if it wasn't, we have to quickly sort things out."

Chappell defended Sachin Tendulkar against comments that probably the thought of a record 35th century was playing in the back of his mind, affecting his form.

"Look, he might not have scored as many runs as you might have expected. But he is moving and batting well in the nets. He is not far from a big innings."

"In Chennai, I think he played well on a pitch where the ball was keeping low. If the conditions are good for batting, he will be at his best."

He said that it would benefit the batsman and the team if he got the milestone hundred as soon as possible.

"As far as Tendulkar goes, he is coping with it well. He is focussed on the innings he is playing."

"Of course, he will be more relaxed if it is finished, and hopefully he gets it in this innings," Chappell said.

First Published: Dec 09, 2005 15:34 IST