Playing in India biggest challenge of my career: Hauritz

Updated: 17 September 2010 09:32 IST

Aussie spinner Hauritz on Friday said the Test series in India next month is the toughest challenge of his career but he is confident of doing well.

Playing in India biggest challenge of my career: Hauritz
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Melbourne:

Australian spinner Nathan Hauritz on Friday said the Test series in India next month is the toughest challenge of his career but he is confident of doing well as despite being world number one, the hosts can make mistakes.

"It's going to be tough enough bowling against those players, but at the end of the day they are human and they do make mistakes," Hauritz said.

Hauritz would be spearheading the Aussie spin attack in the two Tests starting October 1 in Mohali.

The 28-year-old said he has been analysing the game of India's top batsmen such as Sachin Tendulkar as part of his preparations for the series.

"I've seen enough of Tendulkar's career through the last 20 years to know how he plays and what he likes to play to spin. I'm going to have my individual plans against those guys and if they don't work I've definitely got plan B and plan C to go from there.

"It can be quite tough to bowl over there because the wickets can be very good to bat on and the outfield can be very fast," he said.

Asked if it was the biggest test of his career, Hauritz said: "I'd say so definitely. Playing against India in India in those conditions.

"The wickets where we are playing are not normally the traditional spin-friendly ones, but (against) Tendulkar and those sort of guys, it will be a great challenge."

Hauritz said having the backing of his skipper Ricky Ponting has boosted his confidence ahead of the tough tour.

"It's fantastic to have your captain's backing behind you," Hauritz said.

"It's a very tough side to get into, but to be part of it consistently is great."

Hauritz, who dismissed Tendulkar in the only previous Test he played in India, was looking forward to some much needed match practice, after recovering from his injury. 

Topics : Cricket India Australia
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