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Aussies desperate for one-day win

By Adam Cooper 28/10/2003 05:47:40 AM Comments (0)

Australia will be desperate to make up for lost ground and open its account in the tri-series cricket tournament on Wednesday when it plays New Zealand in Faridabad.

Australia could encounter a Kiwi bowling attack similar to the one India used with so much success against Australia on Sunday in Gwalior, where it won by 37 runs.

The Black Caps are likely to bowl offspinner Daniel Vettori and medium pacers Scott Styris and Chris Harris in an attempt to frustrate the Australians, who are yet to adapt to the slow, low wickets.

It's a different story for New Zealand, which batted magnificently in the two drawn Tests against India this month and have got a feel for local conditions.

The Australians will train at Faridabad, an hour south of New Delhi, with much emphasis to be put on batting practice.

The world champions lost 4-9 over five overs against India to plummet from 0-132 to 4-141 and never recovered from there.

New Zealand's first match against India was abandoned because of rain.

Meanwhile, India could learn if captain Sourav Ganguly is any chance to play in Saturday's match against Australia in Mumbai.

Ganguly missed the opening two matches because of an abscess on his thigh.

Rahul Dravid has been the stand-in captain.

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