Australia still have a chance: Katich

Middle-order batsman Simon Katich today said Australia were still in with a chance in the deciding cricket Test against India.

Updated: February 25, 2007 10:05 IST
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Sydney:Middle-order batsman Simon Katich today said Australia were still in with a chance in the deciding cricket Test against India although they would need a "phenomenal effort" to overhaul the target on the last-day track. Katich, who struck his maiden Test century, said his team would remain positive and score quickly as they had done in the first innings. "If the guys can get themselves in, if we have a big partnership, then we have a chance though winning will require a phenomenal effort," he said referring to the 433 runs his team needs in 90 overs for a win tomorrow. Need for a good start "The outfield is lightning quick and we need a good start. We have to see through the first session. We will score quickly and stay positive, as we showed in our first innings. We were able to score so quickly even when facing a big total." "If you don't have the belief, then obviously you don't have the chance." Katich, who made 125, singled out Anil Kumble as the danger-man from his team's point of view since the latter had been able to get bounce out of the rough on occasions. "It has been hard work for the quicks because wicket has held together very well. But spinners and specially Kumble has been able to bowl into the rough and gain bounce on occasions. He is going to be the big challenge for us." Handling Kumble Katich though handled Kumble very well on the fourth morning today when he put on a century partnership with Jason Gillespie. "I played against Kumble in county cricket a few years ago and that sort of prepared me for his pace and bounce. "I think the turning point for me was the second innings in Adelaide. I straightaway needed a plan since he was firing it in the rough. That helped me plan better today because it was similar. He does fire the ball in and when the wicket deteriorates, it becomes hard work. "Fortunately Jason (Gillespie) batted very well. If we had got out early, we might have been straightaway batting." (PTI)

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