Australia are banking on history and their record breaking bowler Shane Warne to pull off a victory against India in the second cricket test tomorrow.
updated: February 25, 2007 10:07 IST
Chennai:Australia are banking on history and their record breaking bowler Shane Warne to pull off a victory against India in the second cricket test tomorrow. Damien Martyn, who ensured Australia a sizeable lead with a knock of 104, said his team had the edge going into the final day's play tomorrow as Indians would find it difficult to score the required 210 runs. "History shows that it is going to be tough to chase on the last day here. Hopefully, that (the match) comes through in our favour," said Martyn. The highest fourth innings target successfully chased by a team on the turning Chepauk track is 155, which interestingly was achieved by India against the Aussies during the 2000-01 series. Warne factor The middle-order batsman also said the team would look up to Warne to spin his magic on the Indian batsmen. "Warne is going to be a major factor. If we get a couple of early wickets with our quick bowlers, then throw the ball to Warnie, hopefully he will do well. "There is going to be result and whoever is going to win has to play very well. India need 210 runs tomorrow and it is going to be a great day of test cricket. Hopefully, that comes through for us tomorrow," he said. Remarkable fight back Underlining his team's fight back, he said "we were a long way behind in the first innings. So it's a great fight back by us. We showed in Sri Lanka that we can do it." On his century, Martyn said "our game plan was to get as much lead as possible. It was a bonus that Jason (Gillespie) batted so long. It was a fantastic partnership to have... we were looking for 250 plus score in the end." "As far as my knock is concerned, it would be up there with my best hundreds in the sense that you have two world class Indian spinners bowling on the fourth day. It is very satisfying that at the end of day a batsman showed skills against Anil and Harbhajan." However, Martyn denied that he has changed his technique in order to play the spinners well. (PTI)