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Wright implores India to play for pride

PTI | BySandeep Nakai (AP), Mumbai
Nov 01, 2004 06:36 PM IST

India's coach is determined to take one Test off the Aussies. "We want to win this one badly, we've got to play for pride," he said.

Australia should be at full strength for the first time in this series with the return of Ricky Ponting for the fourth Test at Mumbai, which could add to India's woes after conceding the series last week.

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Ponting missed the wins at Bangalore and Nagpur and the draw in Chennai, with Adam Gilchrist leading Australia to its first Test series win in India since 1969.

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Both regular captains watched from the dressing rooms in Nagpur last week. For India, the situation hasn't improved with Sourav Ganguly again expected to be sidelined with an injured thigh. Despite the gloom of its worst ever Test defeat - in terms of runs - in the third Test, India coach John Wright is determined to take one test off the Australians.

"We want to win this one badly, we've got to play for pride," Wright told reporters on Monday.

"We've lost the series, so this is a fresh start," added Wright. "This Indian team can turn things around. There are some class players in the team, and now we've also got four fired-up youngsters in the squad."

Wright said he was disappointed by India's performance during the series, after the drawn series in Australia earlier this year and the 2-1 comeback win in the last series in India in 2001. "Winning and losing happens, but one's got to stay competitive," said Wright. "We need to show the fighting attitude again for the sake of India's passionate fans."

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