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Cricket-Australia have strategy for each Indian player - Waugh

Cricket-Australia have strategy for each Indian player - Waugh

Australian captain Steve Waugh said on Tuesday that his team had devised a strategy for each Indian player for the test series starting next week.

"We do have a strategy for each player, we're working on it now," Waugh said.

But Waugh, aiming to extend his team's world record of 15 successive test victories, said the focus would be more on how his bowlers should bowl to the home batsmen.

Waugh did not say if he had any special plan for top Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar, who dominated the Australian bowling in India's 2-1 test series victory three years ago.

"We have minor plans for each player. The series does not ride on the back of any one player so you can't peg it (your game) on that player," he said.

Waugh told reporters his immediate goal was to win the three-test series and score his first test century on Indian soil.

"I'd like to score a hundred in India and lead the Australian side to victory," Waugh, who has been on test tours to India three times before, said.

Australia have not won a test series in India since Bill Lawry led his team to a 3-1 win in 1969.

Waugh said he was not trying to outdo his predecessor Mark Taylor's record.

"Mark Taylor did a great job. I don't like to chase any previous records. I just want to be the best I can be. I'm not trying to outdo anyone else," he said.

But Waugh, 35, said being captain was an important phase in his career.

"I'm enjoying it. When I finish with Australian crcket or when they finish with me I want Australian cricket to be in a really good state," he said.

Waugh said mental toughness was important to perform well.

"You got to be mentally strong and up to the challenge and prepared....practising well is also a part of mental toughness.

"We are professionals. We help each other."

Asked what made Australia the world's best cricket team, Waugh said: "We enjoy ourselves, we enjoy the cricket and we enjoy each other's company.

"And we work hard. We respect each other and enjoy each other's success. I don't think a lot of teams do that."

Australia begin their second three-day tour game against national champions Bombay on Thursday before the first test in this western Indian city.


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