Nagpur Test: Both teams under pressure

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:09 IST

Australia may have a 1-0 lead in the four-Test series, but both teams are equally under pressure for the third Test to be played in Nagpur today.

Nagpur Test: Both teams under pressure

Nagpur:

Australia may have a 1-0 lead in the four-Test series, but both teams are equally under pressure for the third Test to be played in Nagpur today. While the return of Sachin Tendulkar has revived hopes for the Indian team, it has also led to a selection dilemma. But neither team is willing to name the final 11 just yet.Indian Captain Sourav Ganguly is also concerned about the pitch not being spinner friendly, and his worries have been heightened by the fact that India is one-nil down in the series at the halfway stage. India have to win this match if they are to win the series in Mumbai.Changes in squadsHowever, the touch of green has prompted the Australians to include Brett Lee ahead of Nathan Hauritz in their 12-man squad. Past records show that the pitch at the Vidarbha cricket ground in Nagpur heavily favours draws. Of the seven Tests played at the gorund, four have ended in draws, while India have won two and lost one. The last two matches played in Nagpur were against Zimbabwe, of which India managed to win only one.In addition to the worries about the pitch, India's batting line-up is also uncertain. With Sachin Tendulkar back, either Yuvraj Singh or Mohammed Kaif will have to dropped. In other changes, Ajit Agarkar will share the new ball with Zaheer Khan in place of the injured Irfan Pathan. But the focus will really be on Tendulkar back after missing two Tests. He has the chance to equal Gavaskar's record of 34 Test hundreds on a ground where he has always got runs.



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