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New Delhi: R Ashwin, the man who famously said that the air in Chepauk speaks to him, knows a thing or two about the wicket in his home town of Chennai. So when he was asked about the difference between the MA Chidambaram and Kotla pitches, Ashwin chuckled to himself. “That’s red soil and this is black soil,” he said. “It’s always evident that on black soil the ball doesn’t bounce as much as on the red soil.” Asked about the assistance one got from the wicket on Friday, he replied: “If there are spots on the wicket, then one shouldn’t get carried away as the margin of error is very less. One shouldn’t try too many things.”
Back won’t hamper ambitions: Clarke
new delhi: The latest recurrence of Michael Clarke’s back spasm has raised questions about his long-term future, but the Aussie captain insisted that the chronic back troubles will not force him to cut short his international career. Clarke, ruled out of the ongoing fourth and final Test, said on Friday that he will not let the injury make him quit the game earlier than he would prefer. “It won’t have any impact. I don’t think it will play any role at all,” said Clarke. “I’ve been able to manage it for - what am I now, 31? I had my first scan at 17 that said I had degeneration in my disc. I’ve been able to manage it this long, I don’t see any reason why I can’t continue to manage it for the rest of my career,” he was quoted as saying in Sydney Morning Herald.
Ganguly, a fan of 4-0 whitewashes
New Delhi: Sourav Ganguly said a 4-0 whitewash of Australia in the ongoing Test series will be a “good thing” for Indian cricket after suffering a similar fate Down Under last year. “Hopefully, they do it. It will be a good thing for them. Because when they went to Australia last year, it was 0-4 and winning 4-0 here would be a satisfying thing for the team,” Ganguly said.