Buchanan pins hopes on middle-order

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:07 IST

Australian coach John Buchanan today pinned hopes on his middle-order bastmen to post "a good total".

Buchanan pins hopes on middle-order

Chennai:

Australian coach John Buchanan today pinned hopes on his middle-order bastmen to post "a good total" and put India under pressure in the fourth innings. "We got six wickets. Importantly, we still got three quality batsmen. We are very hopeful with these three players we could make the kind of total to trouble India in the fourth innings," Buchanan said. Australia were 150 for four at close on the third day, leading by just nine runs with Damien Martyn, Darren Lehmann and Michael Clarke being the only three recognised batsmen at hand. Asked to specify what would be a safe fourth innings total, he said, "Very hard to set a total. But, I would love to get 250-300. Our objective is to get at least one decent partnership like that of Mohammad Kaif and Parthiv Patel and contribution from the rest. At least we can make Indians life difficult." Positive moveBuchanan said promoting Adam Gilchrist to number three was a positive move and the team would keep open the option of reshuffling the batting order. "We hope we can keep everybody guessing in India. He certainly was to come to bat at number 3 at the start of the series. But it was decided he would come at seven," he said. "But we always had the option to move up the order and thats what he did today. It was a positive move. I believe he did a very good job. Unfortunately, he is not at the crease now," Buchanan added. (PTI)



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