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Dhoni mum on Test retirement, focussed on ODIs

Ignoring persistent queries on his shock Test retirement, India ODI captain MS Dhoni on Saturday sought to focus on the ongoing cricket tri-series against Australia and England, saying that his team would look to try different combinations keeping in mind next month’s World Cup.

Dhoni stone-walled questions on his Test retirement in the build-up to India’s first ODI against Australia in the ongoing tri-series on Sunday. Returning to the scene of his last Test, the Melbourne Cricket Ground, the Indian ODI skipper stayed mum on his exit from the five-day arena.

“The BCCI press release (about my retirement) explained everything. You can ask questions, but it is my decision (not to answer them). I will answer if I want to,” he said, with a straight-face. But he was quite keen to talk about other things though, primarily the tri-series as a build-up to the World Cup.

“We will look to try out different things in this tournament. We have four games at least and five if we make the final. It is important for us to get the playing combination right. But at the same time we won’t push players who have a few niggles that can transform into major injuries. We will give them that extra time if needed. We will manage the workload accordingly. Getting used to the conditions is very important. The wickets will be quite similar to what we may get in WC, but at the same time we have to stay in the present. Of course we have a few plans and will see how confident we are in executing those,” said the skipper. 
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