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Dec 21, 2011 at 11:57am IST

'We know Aussies will come hard at us'

Canberra: Left-arm spinner, Pragyan Ojha insisted that the visitors would remain calm during their upcoming four-Test series against Australia starting with the Boxing Day Test on December 26.

"One of the first points made in a team meeting was that they would try and come at you. You would have to be mentally strong and be calm and show (your stuff) with bat or ball," said Ojha at the end of the three-day practice match against Chairman's XI at Manuka Oval here on Wednesday.

"I'm trying to be positive and especially on this kind of wicket which wasn't helping much on the first couple of days, I thought I bowled very well. That's what I felt."

We know Aussies will come hard at us: Ojha

Pragyan Ojha insisted that the Indians would remain calm during the Test series in Australia.

The left-arm spinner was all praise for coach Duncan Fletcher.

"He's a very experienced coach. He has got a lot of ideas. A couple of times he's spoken to me about a lot of different things which were not spoken by other coaches. He's got great ideas about the game."

Ojha also said that he has come over to Australia having been advised by the likes of Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh, about how to try and extract bounce from the surface.

"I'm trying to be positive even though the batsmen stepped out to me. I was focussing on my strength. Before I came here, I spoke to Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh and took their advice. They asked me to mix it; you would get bounce here, there won't be much spin but I am relying on pace and bounce," he said.

Ojha didn't agree with the observation of former Australian greats Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath that India's bowling was their weak link.

"It's their point of view, the way we guys are bowling and playing, once we start playing it would be shown our bowlers are ready."

Ojha said that his team has already done a detailed analysis of Australian batsmen and bowlers and has marked out their strengths and weaknesses.

"Even before we came here, we had watched and learnt and found out what their weaknesses and strengths are,'' he said.

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