Mar 03, 2008 at 05:36pm IST

Coach admits Aussie team confidence hit

Brisbane: Australia’s coach Tim Nielsen on Monday admitted that his team's batting line-up is low on confidence before the second final of the cricket tri-series against India in Brisbane.

"You would be inhuman not to have a little bit of a hit with the confidence when you are not getting the results you are looking for," Nielsen said at a press conference before the match on Tuesday.

Nielsen said the main challenge before his side would be to get rid of the mental block against the Indian bowlers. "That is the challenge of elite sport. You are not always going to get the result you want. We are playing against a bowling attack who are bowling very well. Our challenge at the moment is to keep these blokes up and get them in a state of mind which gives them every chance tomorrow.”

SHAKEN AND STIRRED: Sachin Tendulkar walks off after the match on Sunday at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

"While we are not playing as well as we would have liked, we have 24 hours to sort it out," he said. Nielsen said the recent reverses in hands of India had created self-doubts in the minds of the Australian players.

"It's one of those funny situations where they feel as if they are hitting the ball quite well and going about things pretty well," he said.

"It is the mental side of the game which is letting us down a little bit over the last couple of games," Nielsen said.

Nielsen's first year as a coach has involved a few off-field controversies that have caught him off guard. "There have been a couple of things I probably have not expected and it certainly added to the whole dynamics of the job.

"One of the great things about the job has been rolling with the punches. Understanding each of these incidents has been different. It has been a big challenge, working forward and trying to get the best out of our team on a daily basis," he said.

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