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We need to take 20 wickets: Dravid

India will burn the midnight oil to find out a way to take 20 England wickets in the second Test.

india Updated: Mar 08, 2006 14:42 IST

Having failed to dismiss their opposition twice in the last four matches, India will burn the midnight oil to find out a way to take 20 England wickets in the second Test beginningon Thursday.

Skipper Rahul Dravid admitted that the team mangement was concerned about this aspect but reposed faith in his young attack to do the trick this time around.

"We do realise that we need to take 20 wickets, that is the key, and we have been discussing the best chance to do that," Dravid said on the eve of the match.

"We have to take into account the fact that some our fast bowlers are very young. But they are learning, getting better with each outing. We are working on a strategy that will help us take 20 wickets," he said.

The Bangalore stalwart, just one short of his 100th Test cap, refused to blame the wickets or conditions for the none too impressive performance of his bowlers of late.

"We have played on wickets that have been flat and slow but having said that, we have got to learn and adapt to the conditions. We can't always rely on conditions and we can't always complain.

"As far as I am concerned I am always happy with the wickets. We've got to play on whatever wicket we get, that is my philosophy and I try to pass this on to my teammates as well."

"We expect to have a bit of bounce and I am pretty happy with it because with our kind of spinners, we tend to do well on these sort of wickets."

Dravid said the team management had enough options to choose from as far as picking the eleven was concerned.

"It's a good situation to be in. We would rather be in a situation where we have a lot of choice rather than a situation where we struggle to find players.

"We have got a good squad. But we know only 11 can play and some unfortunate players will have to miss out. Having said that, it is a good feeling to know everyone can perform and do the job when asked.

"We have the option of playing with five bowlers. We have the option of playing three spinners or three fast bowlers— the squad which we have gives us many options."

Asked whether the home advantage was no longer a big factor given the fact that so many players get to tour the sub-continent as part of A or under-19 teams, Dravid said, "the huge advantage that we probably had in the 1970's-80's does not exist anymore.

"There is a difference in attitude as far as touring the sub-continent is concerned, people now look forward to it and consider it as a challenge."

Dravid did not think that his side was taken by surprise by England's show in the first Test which ended in a thrilling draw in Nagpur saying he expected them to play well.

"At no stage were we complacent. We knew England are a good side and are competitive."

But he conceded that they did not know much about some of their players like Alastair Cook and Monty Panesar.

"We did not know much about some of their players. But they have now given us some idea about what their plans are, how they play."

First Published: Mar 08, 2006 14:42 IST