Former skipper Allan Border not giving up on Australia

Feb 26, 2013, 07:35 IST | Debasish Datta

When everything seemed to go India's way, a brilliant 59-run last wicket stand between debutant Moises Henriques and Nathan Lyon helped Australia take the first Test into the fifth day

The visitors ended Day Four at 232 for nine — a lead of 40 runs.

Even though Australia are on the verge of defeat, former Australia captain Allan Border believed the visitors can give India a tough challenge if the hosts are asked to chase more than 150 on the final day here at the MA Chidambaram Stadium.

Allan Border

“I believe Australia can give India a tough fight if they manage to take the lead to 150 runs,” Border told MiD DAY. 

Border was captain of the Australian team which tied the Chennai Test against India in 1986.

Meanwhile, all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja said India will look to bowl Australia out quickly, “Now, we’ve got to take their last wicket quickly and score the runs that are left to score, 50-55 or whatever. We should get them soon,” the left-arm spinner told the media.

Jadeja gave full marks to the Chepauk pitch, saying it still has something in it for the fast bowlers. “It’s a good wicket. Since the centre of the wicket is not damaged, it’s good for fast bowlers. The wear and tear at the end of the wicket has happened due to the footmarks of the bowlers. I think it’s a good wicket for Test cricket,” Jadeja said.

Elaborating on the track, he said: “There is turn in the wicket. But sometimes, there’s more turn than usual, which you don’t really need. We’ll have to bowl in the right areas,” he added.

Asked how he would like to be known — a batting or bowling all-rounder, Jadeja said, “I came into the Ranji Trophy team as a batsman. I have two triple centuries this Ranji season, and I bat at No 4 for my state team. I don’t think about what I should consider myself. I only think about playing for India, score runs and take wickets,” he said. 

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