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We can turn it around: Dhoni

India might be 0-2 behind in the series but skipper MS Dhoni has utmost belief his team can turn the tables on Australia in the Boxing Day Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. “It is possible to turn things around. We have been competitive in the series so far. We have played good cricket right through the two Test matches apart from maybe 30-45 minutes where we have lacked a few things. If we can arrest those shortcomings, we can turn the tide. We feel that we are close but it will have to reflect in our performance,” the Indian captain said Thursday. A major reason of concern for India has been the inability of their bowlers to pick 20 wickets in overseas Tests. Dhoni said it is a mindset thing and it will change with experience. “The mentality of our fast bowlers is different because we play more than 60 percent of our cricket in conditions where they don’t bowl too many overs in a Test match. When we go overseas, they only look for one thing, wickets. At times they try too many things. What we have tried to inculcate in them is that when you play overseas, especially with the Kookaburra ball, the most important thing after the 25th over is to be consistent with your line and length,” the 33-year-old added. One bowler in the Indian squad who is capable of being consistent with his line and length is Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Unfortunately, he has had to miss the first two Tests due to an ankle injury. “He is fit and available for selection but Test match fitness is different. You have to see how much of a load you can take,” Dhoni said.
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