Dravid and Laxman are bigger obstacles: Gilchrist

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:07 IST

Gilchrist said it was not Sachin Tendulkar but the Dravid-Laxman combine that has proved to be the world champion's nemesis over the years.

Dravid and Laxman are bigger obstacles: Gilchrist

Bangalore :

Australia's stand-in captain Adam Gilchrist said it was not Sachin Tendulkar but the Dravid-Laxman combine that has proved to be the world champion's nemesis over the years. Gilchrist said Tendulkar was a great batsman but was not the one who had caused damage to the Aussies in the last two series. He, however, was quick to add that his team would not relax because Tendulkar was not playing. "His absence is not a disappointment, I promise you. The game is better placed with Sachin in it but with all respect to Sachin, he hasn't been the one in the last two series that really did the damage to us," said Gilchrist. "He had some remarkable innings in Australia, but over the course of the series it was probably Laxman and Dravid that has really hurt us," he added. Gilchrist said he would personally miss Tendulkar but India had other talented players to take on the world's top ranked Test team. "There is a part of me that is disappointed. Sachin is one of the best players I have ever seen but I know that there are other guys around, " said Gilchrist. "We have to get through to them and we found it difficult to make inroads into the opening pair in Australia," he added. On whether the Aussies would play the hard working Michael Kasprowicz ahead of the flamboyant Brett Lee, Gilchrist said, that is an option. "He has done a great job in the last 12-18 months since his return to international cricket. He has a definite chance of playing but we will finalise the eleven tomorrow," said Gilchrist. (PTI)

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