Australia wanted to play: Gilchrist

Updated: 08 October 2007 17:32 IST

Australia captain Adam Gilchrist insisted his team was keen to play the first ODI against India, which was called off due to soggy outfield.

Australia wanted to play: Gilchrist

Bangalore:

Australia captain Adam Gilchrist insisted his team was keen to play the first ODI against India, which was called off on Saturday due to soggy outfield caused by heavy shower.

After the visitors had piled up 307 for seven wickets, India lost Sachin Tendulkar early in the innings and stuttered to nine for one in 2.4 overs when heavy shower interrupted proceedings.

Both the umpires, Suresh Shastri and Steve Bucknor, waited almost till the cut-off time and had a good look of the circle after which they decided to call off the game.

Gilchrist revealed that he and his teammates were keen to play once rain stopped.

"We were in a pretty strong position and the conditions were conducive for our bowlers. Sachin was out for zero and that was a good position," Gilchrist told reporters after the match.

"I was happy to lead my team out there (after the rain ceased) but the Match Referee and the umpires ruled that the ground was not fit for a match and we had to go by that," he added.

The Australian captain, however, admitted that 308 was tough but a gettable target in such a day-night matches and it was too premature to claim that his side would have won the match had it been played full 50 overs.

His opposite number Mahendra Singh Dhoni, however, took a jibe at his comment and said playing in that condition could have backfired.

"There is a very thin line separating bravery from foolhardy," was his terse response.

Dhoni felt his bowlers got a good start when they reduced the visitors to 90 for four but rued they could not go for the kill.

"Despite getting a good start, we did not do well from 32nd to 42nd overs. We badly needed a wicket at that stage but it did not come," he rued.

Michael Clarke (130) and Brad Haddin (69) shared a 144-run stand to frustrate the Indians and lay foundation for an imposing total.



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