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Bowlers' fitness key for India: Warne

Press Trust Of India
Dec 22, 2011 at 02:15pm IST

Melbourne: Australia spin legend Shane Warne believes India's chances of upstaging Michael Clarke's men in their own backyard in the upcoming four-Test series will largely depend on the fitness of their pace bowlers - Ishant Sharma and Zaheer Khan.

Both Zaheer and Ishant are injury-prone and it will be quite a challenge for them to remain fit in what is expected to be a gruelling series, starting on December 26 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

"India have a quality team, as they've been showing in recent times. In Test cricket we've seen them, against West Indies, do well."

India's chances hinge on bowlers' fitness: Warne

Both Ishant Sharma and Zaheer Khan have question marks over their fitness ahead of the Australia series.

"But before that they played England in England and got beaten 4-0 with a swinging ball and a good English seam attack. Their batsmen will do pretty well," Warne said after the unveiling of his bronze statue outside the MCG.

"Their bowlers will have to stay fit. If Zaheer Khan or Ishant Sharma get injured, then I think their bowling attack could be quite weak. The Australian batsmen could perform pretty well. I think it's going to come down to how India are going to take 20 wickets with their bowling," he added.

Warne said he expected Indian batsmen to do well in the series.

"I think their batters, especially Rahul Dravid, will make big runs. He's a quality person, he's a quality act, he's a quality player. Hopefully Sachin (Tendulkar) will get his hundredth hundred here. It would be a great time to do it here at the MCG in front of 70 or 80,000," he said.

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