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Dhoni backs 'inexperienced' bowling attack to shine in Australia

December 12, 2011 - Chennai

Indian captain M.S. Dhoni is confident that his inexperienced bowling attack will deliver in the four-Test series against Australia which starts on December 26.

Apart from the experienced trio of Zaheer Khan, Pragyan Ojha and Ishant Sharma, the team includes a relatively inexperienced line-up of Ravichandran Ashwin, Umesh Yadav, Vinay Kumar and Abhimanyu Mithun.

"The bowlers are talented and of course when you don't have your main bowlers, you need a bit of time. Once the youngsters play more and more games, that's how they get experience at the top level," Dhoni told reporters in a pre-departure press conference in Chennai.

"So, I think talent wise we are there and it will be a good exposure for the youngsters who are part of the side now touring Australia," he added.

The first Test will in Melbourne will be followed by matches in Sydney (January 3-7), Perth (January 13-17) and Adelaide (January 24-28).

The series will be followed by two Twenty20 internationals and an ODI tri-series, also featuring Sri Lanka.

Test Squad: M.S. Dhoni (captain), Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Ajinkya Rahane, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Pragyan Ojha, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Vinay Kumar, Abhimanyu Mithun, Wriddhiman Saha and Zaheer Khan.


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