Nielsen defends Krejza

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> Australian coach Tim Nielsen sprang in the defence of Jason Krejza who received quite a battering from the Board President XI batsman.

Updated: October 06, 2008 10:13 IST
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Jason Krejza probably got a taste of what future has in store for him but his coach Tim Nielsen on Thursday sprang in the defence of the rookie off-spinner who received quite a battering from the Board President XI batsman.

With Bryce McGain ruled out of the first Test against India -- he might miss the second as well - owing to a shoulder injury, Krejza is almost certain to make his debut in the longer version of the game when Australia take on India in Bangalore on October 9. But if his bowling today is anything to go by, the 25-year-old spinner is in for a tough time, even though Nielsen believes otherwise.

"It's bit harsh on him (to suggest he was hit all over the park)," Nielsen said of the spinner, whose 20 overs of wicketless toil yielded 123 runs, including a few moral-shattering sixes.

"It was his first game with the Australian side and the guy was pretty nervous for the last two days. But I believe he is going to do well," Nielsen said, oozing a die-hard optimism.

"There are some nice signs for him. Those boundaries put some pressure on him but he still was trying things like going over the wicket to the left-handers. The 20 overs he bowled today was a good experience for him," he added.

Incidentally, Rohit Sharma, who virtually toyed with the spinner en route to his 105, refused to rate the spinner.

"I don't rate anyone. I was playing him for the first time...he was not too bad," was all Rohit had to say.

Nielsen was impressed by both the Indian centurions but was not surprised that Rohit and Virat Kohli were not part of the Indian Test squad.

"They played really well. But I think the senior players have performed over a long period. I think they would have to wait for their turn. They would definitely get their opportunity some time.

"They played beautifully today and it's nice to see a couple of youngsters putting their hands up and pushing for selection," he added.

Though the local favourites managed to wrest the initiative, Nielsen hopes the Australian batsmen to make hay on the batting paradise at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium.

"It's a nice batting track and the outfield is fast too. They played really well and got a bit of momentum. It was a tough day for our bowlers but I believe it was a good first step to the Test series," Nielsen added.

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