India were unlucky against Aussies: Laxman

India were "unlucky" to lose the ODI series against Australia and the team will bounce back to tame the Sri Lankans, feels VVS Laxman.

updated: November 10, 2009 15:28 IST
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New Delhi:

India were "unlucky" to lose the one-day series against Australia and the team will bounce back to tame the Sri Lankans in the upcoming Test and ODI series, feels senior batsman VVS Laxman.

"They were unlucky to lose the series against Australia," Laxman said. "The players are hurt but the defeat is not going to affect the team's morale," he added.

The stylish right-hander said Mahendra Singh Dhoni's men would be striving to achieve the number one Test ranking by beating the Lankans in the three-Test series starting November 16.

"The team is targetting the number one spot in Test rankings and has a very good chance of reaching there if we win the series against Sri Lanka," he said.

However, he said the task would not be easy as the visitors have a balanced side with both bowling and batting being strong.

"Sri Lankans are a better-prepared side now and can give the Indians tough time during the series," he told 'News24 channel'.

Speaking about India's performance in the ongoing seven-ODI series against an injury-ravaged Australia, which the hosts trail 2-4, Laxman rejected suggestions that skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni's leadership was at fault.

"Dhoni is an excellent Captain and bit of luck can turn the things around," he said.