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'England ghost won't haunt us in Aus'

Press Trust Of India
Dec 03, 2011 at 07:24pm IST

Jaipur: Senior batsman Rahul Dravid feels that the nightmarish tour of England is a thing of past now and a full-strength Team India would certainly do well in the upcoming Test series in Australia.

"The tour of England was a huge disappointment for us and there were fitness problems too. We could have done better there. However, that is a thing of past and the tour Down Under gives us another opportunity to to do well. Hopefully, we will have full-strength side and do well there," Dravid told the mediapersons here on Saturday.

Dravid has often spoken about ticking a few "mental boxes" prior to a series and it's his own expectations that is more important rather than what the world expects of him.

England ghost won't haunt us in Aus: Dravid

Indian batsman Rahul Dravid feels India will do well in their upcoming Test sereis in Australia. (Getty Images)

"Everyone thrives on doing well and expectations from one's inner-self are high. Which is the rival team - England or Australia - nothing matters but the pressure from inner-self and the desire to do well," he added.

Asked about India's inexperienced bowling attack, 'The Wall' expects that Zaheer Khan will be fully fit to don the mantle of a pace spearhead.

"He has been included in the team and is getting back to his full fitness. He bowled in a Ranji match and there are all chances that he would be fit and raring to go for Australian Tour. His presence would bolster the Indian bowling," he said.

Talking about Ravichandran Ashwin and about chances of him being sorted out like Sri Lankan Ajantha Mendis, Dravid said that the young offie is still on a learning curve.

"He is young and new in the trade. He is improving and learning. He can do well in Australia," he opined.

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