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'India will struggle against Pattinson'

Press Trust Of India
Dec 30, 2011 at 12:40pm IST

Karachi: Former Pakistan captain Rashid Latif has predicted that the India team that lost the first Test against Australia by 122 runs at Melbourne, will have a tough time during the rest of the series, insisting that pacer James Pattinson would prove to be their nemesis.

"I picked Pattinson as the bowler who will cause problems to the Indian batsmen the most because of his height and pace, which is ideal for Australian wickets. And no matter how great a batsman one is, with age his reflexes slows down," Latif said.

"I reckon some of the senior Indian batsmen today are not as sharp as they used to be even two years back. Given the experience of runs that they carry with them, some of them will still score runs but I don't see them dominating the Aussie bowlers like they did on previous tours to Australia or even in 2008," he said.

India will struggle against Pattinson: Latif

"I picked Pattinson as the bowler who will cause problems to the Indian batsmen,'' said Rashid Latif.

The former wicketkeeper-batsman said Pattinson was one of the brightest prospects for Australia in the pace department.

"After McGrath and Brett Lee, I think he is the best pacer I have seen from Australia and I see him doing well and improving rapidly in this series," he said.

Pattinson, 21, won the Man-of-the-Match award for his six wickets and his crucial contribution with the bat (18 not out and 37 not out) in the first Test.

Latif said that India's best chance of making a comeback in the series should be the "second Test at Sydney where their batsmen have done well".

"But I see Pattinson once again proving to be a big problem for them," he said.

Latif said that most of Indian batsmen had struggled earlier this year in England against quality pace and it would happen again in Australia, though he admitted that this was India's best chance to beat the Aussies in their backyard.

"Although I believe this is the best time to beat Australia in Australia as they are a side low on confidence and self-belief," he said.

Latif said India's biggest problem continued to be their bowling.

"Except for Zaheer Khan they don't have bowlers who can run through batting sides in explosive spells. In this Test also the bowlers allowed the Australian tail to wag a lot and that cost them valuable runs and added the pressure on the batsmen," he said.

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