Sydney:Leading the pace attack due to Zaheer Khan's pullout due to injury, Indian speedster R P Singh on Wednesday said he fell back on his experience during a stint under current Australian coach Tim Nielsen to rattle the hosts in the second Test in Sydney.
A couple of years ago, R P Singh had a 45-day stint at the Australian Cricket Academy (ACA) where Nielsen was the head coach at that time.
"I went to the cricket academy when Tim Nielsen was the head coach and he told me about Australian conditions," R P Singh said at the press conference after the first day's play, in which he took four wickets.
"I learned a lot. I spent almost 45 days there," he recalled.
Looking back at the opening day's play which ended with Australia at a comfortable 376 for seven, the 22-year-old bowler admitted that his side had not bargained for the batting ability of Brad Hogg who made 79.
"We hadn't thought that he could bat so well. He surprised us," he said.
Hogg and Andrew Symonds, who struck an unbeaten hundred, teamed up to build a 173-run seventh wicket stand to pull Australia out of trouble after they had been reduced to 134 for 6.
RP Singh commended the two Australian batsmen and said both of them "hit pretty hard."
He admitted that Zaheer's absence made him a bit nervous at the start of the proceedings.
"I was a bit disappointed when I got the news Zaheer was not playing because of his injury," Singh said.
"I was a bit nervous because Zaheer's a great player but then I talked to my coaches."
The left-arm pacer dodged queries on the poor umpiring, which hit the Indians hard today and expressed confidence that the visitors would be able to take advantage of the good batting conditions.
"There's still three more wickets to go, but I think the wicket's still pretty slow and we have a great batting lineup," he said.
"I think it's going to be a better batting wicket on Thursday because the wicket is now slow," he added