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Credit goes to everyone in team, says Jadeja

The Australian by nature play aggressive cricket and the credit to humble them goes to the whole team, India all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja said on Monday. Australia are on the verge of losing the series-opener as they have a mere 40-run lead with just one wicket in hand, going into the last day of the match. Asked to compare the batting of England, who defeated India in the last home series, and Australians, Jadeja said the tourists play with much positively.

‘Australian have this ego...they try to play more positive. If they have played three, four overs maiden, they show aggression, so that they don’t come under pressure. But this wicket has been turning through the match, and we’ve bowled well... Aswhin has bowled well, Bhajju pa has bowled well. Everyone has played his role,’ Jadeja said. shwin took five wickets in the second innings and Harbhajan Singh scalped two. ‘Now, we’ve got to take their last wicket quickly and the runs that are left to score, 50-55 or whatever, get them,’ Jadeja, who took two wickets, said.

The young player gave a thumbs up to the pitch at the MA Chidamabram stadium, saying it still has something for fast bowlers despite favouring spinners. ‘It’s a good wicket. In Indian conditions, there are such wickets. In Test cricket, you win only if you get 20 wickets. And the centre of the wicket is not damaged, so it’s good for fast bowlers. Whatever wear and tear has happened, it’s happened due to the footmarks of the bowlers, and it’s at the ends of the wicket. I think it’s a good wicket for Test cricket,’ Jadeja said.

‘There is turn in the wicket, everyone knows that, everyone can see that. But sometimes, there’s more turn than usual, which you don’t really need. Mainly, we’ll have to bowl in the right areas.’

Asked how he would be like to known, a batting or bowling all-rounder, Jadeja said he does not care much about the tag and just want to score runs and take wickets. ‘As you said, I had two triple centuries in the Ranji season, and obviously for my state team I bat at No. 4 for six years. I came into the Ranji Trophy team as a batsman. I don’t think about what I should consider myself. I only think that I should play for India, and score runs and take wickets. If I do only one of the two, my image of an all-rounder won’t be there. So I have to make improvements in both departments,’ he said.


His side staring at defeat on a crumbling Chepauk pitch, Australian all-rounder Moises Henriques does not find any problem about India offering turning tracks and said his team-mates should ‘enjoy’ the challenge of playing on such conditions.

‘It's terrific as cricketers we get to go to different nations and play in different conditions. It's so different to wickets we get in Australia. It's so enjoyable, even if it hits your glove it's still enjoyable. It's just good fun. It's very frustrating when you get out. Very frustrating but you have to enjoy. That is the difference. I think it's a terrific day that cricket being such a world game that has so many different tough conditions,’ said Henriques, who is holding fort on 75 with Nathan Lyon for the last wicket.

Australia ended the day on 232 for nine in their second innings, just 40 runs ahead of India overall with just one wicket in hand. Asked further about the wicket, Henriques, who had played in the IPL for Delhi Daredevils, said it was difficult to bat on and some of his team-mates got out to superb deliveries which they could not do much to fend off.

‘India have quality spinners and it looked easier most times when it spun but it became difficult when they hit the rough. So, the ball that Phil Hughes got and Shane Watson got I think they popped up and they really could not do much. I think if you get out to ball like that then you know you cannot really do anything about it,’ he added.
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