“I’m sure we’ll do well in Australia. The reason I believe this because our players have got the talent and the potential. All of us saw them at the Lord’s Test. It’s unfortunate that the performance of the players was not as expected after the match. It was one of the best wins Indian team had in overseas conditions,” Laxman told reporters. “It’s about converting them into win. At the same time England series would be a great learning experience for all the youngsters who played for the first time there,” he said.It would even have been very tough tour for them but they will have surely learned a lot.
Blaming batsmen’s failure as a major reason for loosing the England series, Laxman said, “Our batsmen struggled in bowler-friendly wickets. We were losing the first four or five wickets within the opening one hour. It’s difficult to come back and save the game. We have to accept that our batsmen did not do well. But I’m sure the experience will only help them become better Test cricketers,” he said.
Laxman said it was a welcome sign for the present block of cricketers to score runs at good pace, which also helps spectators to get their money’s worth and also gives tham a chance to see result-oriented Tests. “With the influence of T20 and ODI, cricket has changed. You are now aiming to score at least 3.5 or 4 runs an over. When I played 2.5-3 runs an over was considered good. With the advent of T20 we see many new shorts coming in the game ,this will only make Test cricket more intresting to watch. What is important is the time these young guys spend in the middle and the amount of quality knocks they play. If they get 100 runs in 80 balls, there’s no problem in that. The quicker you score, the more they will present the opportunities for the bowlers to take their wickets. I’ve always been a firm believer of getting hundreds especially at the domestic level,” he said.
There was nothing wrong in the temperament of the modern day cricketers who tend to score at a brisk pace, that’s what the new format of the game has done batsman have become more aggressive and they want to score some quick runs. He said, “When you see the number of 100s they score these days is quite a lot. A lot many cricketers are trying to play aggressive which is good. At the end of the day, you want results and don’t want a drawn game.” This aggression is needed for the Test cricket to survive as well.
The batting legend also said that the only way for the batsmen’s to make a way into the Indian side was by scoring hundreds and doubles at domestic level. Asked whether some quality cricketers like Virender Sehwag would come back before the World Cup, he said: “We know they are fantastic players and match winners. But we have to wait and see how they perform in the domestic season. It’s important they perform in the opportunities they get.”
Laxman also praised the ICC on it taking out the bowlers with suspect action out of the game. “Credit should be given to ICC has been proactive. I’m glad that ICC has taken a stern step,” he said.
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