Tiwary confident of doing well in Australia

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/images/thumbnail/ver1/m/manojtiwary_ap.jpg' class='caption'> Young batting talent Manoj Tiwary said that the bouncy wickets Down Under suit his aggressive style as shot taking was easier on such tracks.

Updated: February 02, 2008 09:56 IST
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Young batting talent Manoj Tiwary on Wednesday exuded confidence of doing well in Australia, saying the bouncy wickets Down Under suit his aggressive style as shot taking was easier on such tracks.

Tiwary, who would leave the city for Mumbai on Thursday morning en route to Australia, said he had watched the just concluded Test series intently and had a fair idea of the wickets and the bounce Down Under.

"I want to enjoy the game there. I am high on confidence.

The bouncy wickets suit my style of aggressive batting. On these short of wickets it is easier to go for your shots. It's an advantage for me," Tiwary said at a send-off, organised by the Cricket Association of Bengal.

On how prepared he was to play the likes of speedsters Brett Lee and Stuart Clark, Tiwary said he do not fear them and would play according to the merit of the ball.

"I am not going to Australia only to play them. I know Australia have a quality fast bowling attack. But when I play I will only be concentrating on the ball. But yes, they (Lee and Clark) will be on the back of my mind."

When reminded that he had to come back from his maiden international tour to Bangladesh without playing a match after sustaining a shoulder injury during practice, Tiwary said "I will be cautious during practice. I will give 80 to 85 per cent in practice, and more than 100 per cent during the game".

Tiwary said though he was joining the team as the 17th member as a cover for the injured Yuvraj Singh, he was mentally all keyed up to play matches Down Under.

Asked whether he was honing up his skills as an all-rounder, Tiwary said "Of course, I have been concentrating on all three aspects of the game - batting, bowling and fielding. If the captain (M S Dhoni) asks me to bowl, I am confident I can serve the team well."

On India's chances in the tri-series, which also involves Australia and Sri Lanka, the dashing willower said it was difficult to predict the outcome sitting in Kolkata.

"The team which plays better on a given day will win," he said.

Alongwith Tiwary, the CAB also gave a send-off to Gopal Bose, India under-19 team manager in the coming World Cup in Malaysia and player Srivatsa Goswami.

The three were presented bouquets and silver plaques by CAB president Prasun Mukherjee.

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