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Ganguly wants his bat to talk in SA

Ganguly said, "I am happy to be back in the Indian team. The point is to go and do well."

india Updated: Nov 30, 2006 17:29 IST

Sourav Ganguly wants to get some runs to back his selection to the Test squad for South Africa.

Talking to the press at Eden Gardens here on Thursday, Ganguly said, "I am happy to be back in the Indian team. The point is to go and do well."

Ganguly last played a Test for India against Pakistan in January 29-Feb 2, 2006 at Karachi, scoring 34 and 37 and taking one wicket in the second innings. Pakistan won the match by 341 runs.

His last ODI was against New Zealand in a tri-series at Harare on September 6, 2005, scoring 31 as an opener. New Zealand won that match by six wickets.

While countering the question on bouncy tracks, he said, "We have played and been successful on bouncy tracks. We have won in Australia and South Africa and I don't see why we can't do it again."

Asked what could be the problem with the team, he said, "I am too far away to comment on that.

"I have played for around 10 years now. Every game is a challenge, whether it's the first game or a Test series. It's a challenge for me to. I am happy to be back," he said.

On his being successful in South Africa, he said, "It is not that I will be playing there for the first time. I have played well there also. I am used to playing them. The thing is to get used to the conditions and score some good runs."

Ganguly also said he had not yet been called up by the board, but heard about his selection from the media.

"I bring a lot of runs and years of experience along with me. I guess that has gone in favour of my selection," he explained citing reasons for his selection.

The former captain also congratulated V.V.S. Laxman on his being made the vice-captain.

"Its good to know that he is the vice-captain. I wish him all the best," Ganguly said.

He also informed that he would like to play the Ranji Trophy match against Mumbai before flying off to South Africa.

On whether he would be having some words of wisdom being a former captain, he said: "We will have to go and see."

The Indian team is currently in the midst of a disastrous five-match ODI series, having lost three matches, with the first having been rained off.

India will be playing its first Twenty20 international match during the South Africa tour.