Plenty of planning against Aussies: Sachin

Updated: 30 September 2008 17:14 IST

Sachin Tendulkar on Monday said Indian team would play with a well laid-out strategy to win the upcoming four-match Test series against Australia.

Plenty of planning against Aussies: Sachin

Bangalore:

Maintaining that Ricky Ponting's young guns cannot be taken lightly, Sachin Tendulkar on Monday said Indian team would play with a well laid-out strategy to win the upcoming four-match Test series against Australia.

"They still have a lot of players who played first class cricket back home," Tendulkar said in reply to a question whether the Australian side was 'short-on-experience'.

"They (new entrants) have not played international cricket but that does not mean they cannot deliver. They have played a lot of cricket, and we would like to respect that. We don't want to be caught off-track," the former captain said.

With the first Test beginning here on October nine, he said the team management would have plenty of planning and strategy in the next three-four days and "the way we want to approach the series".

Tendulkar declined to comment on selectors omitting former captain Sourav Ganguly for the recent Irani Trophy, and his absence in the first day of the camp on Monday.

"I am not in a position to comment on that. I would leave that to the captain, coach and selectors who have actually taken certain decisions and they have certain ideas in their mind and we need to just abide by that," he said.

He said the whole team would focus on performance in the series against Australia.

"We just like to focus on our performance. It's India vs Australia. It's not certain individuals (in the Indian team) against certain individuals in their (Australian) side. Both the countries are competing against each other".

The master batsman also spoke about becoming world's highest Test run-getter. He said there was no question of relaxing after breaking retired West Indian Brian Lara's world record of 11,953 Test runs.

"I have to concentrate and try and play well. Record etc... it's okay. If you play well, and if it (record) happens, it's good", the ace batsman who is just 76 runs short of that milestone, said.

Tendulkar said his focus was on playing well, and it's not as if he has to make 76 runs and after that he can relax.

He had missed the Irani Trophy last week. An elbow injury during the Third Test against Sri Lanka last month had forced him out of the subsequent one-day series.

Tendulkar said he was happy with the rehabilitation and had been working with the trainer.

"Last two-three weeks have been quite good," Tendulkar said, adding, he was pleased with the progress.

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