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Will Dravid's formula work for India?

Indian skipper has a formula which can help his team beat Australia but he admits that it is easier said than done.

india Updated: Sep 15, 2006 20:05 IST

Indian captain Rahul Dravid has a simple formula which can help his team beat the formidable Australians -- play your best cricket and sustain the intensity right through the game.

But the skipper himself admits it is easier said than done and cites the example of West Indies who started in blazing fashion in the opening match of the DLF Cup tri-series but could not sustain the tempo till the end.

"To win against Australia, you have to be at the top of your game, throughout the game. We can't afford to dominate a part of the game and relax for the rest," Dravid said on the eve of India's encounter against Australia here.

Dravid said Yuvraj Singh, who was forced to sit out for the first match against the West Indies because of fever, had recovered and was available for selection on Saturday.

"He is fully fit and should be there tomorrow," he said.

Dravid rued the inclement weather which disrupted the teams' practice sessions on Friday.

The Indians have been at the receiving end of bad weather recently. Their visit to Sri Lanka last month was hit by torrential rains and they returned home without playing a match.

And on Thursday, the weather gods robbed them off a possible victory.

After India had posted a huge 309 for 5, the rains forced the match to be called off after 20 overs of the West Indies innings and the Caribbeans were declared winners on Duckworth-Lewis method.

First Published: Sep 15, 2006 20:05 IST