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Australian side low on experience: Kumble


Posted: Sep 23, 2008 at 1924 hrs IST

Vadodara, September 23:: Twice they let Australia off the hook in recent past but India's Test captain Anil Kumble hopes to buck the trend this time with the potent cocktail of skill and experience in the ranks.

Kumble, along with coach Gary Kirsten, was addressing reporters as the Rest of India captain on the eve of the side's Irani Cup tie against Delhi. But almost inevitably, more questions were asked about the four-match Test series against Australia and the veteran spinner too was free and frank with his views.

Looking ahead to the series, Kumble rued both in 2004 at home and in 2007 Down Under, India came close to halt the Aussies before wilting in the final stages. But with a relatively inexperience Australian side at disposal, Kumble says it's time to make amends.

"Last year, we came close to equal, if not win, the Test series in Australia and in 2004, we lost the Chennai Test on the last day because of rain. But this time I think we have got a brilliant opportunity," Kumble said.

"This Australian side is low on experience. I think our vast experience and skill will be our advantage and we have to back it with the right result at the end of the series. All players had adequate rest and the perfect preparation for such a series and we are looking forward to it," Kumble said.

Kumble said he was not losing sleep over the middle order, which looked brittle against Sri Lanka.

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