Aussies low on confidence: Nielsen

Australia coach admits two straight losses in the CB Series has dented his side's confidence.

updated: March 04, 2008 10:13 IST
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Australia's coach Tim Nielsen on Monday admitted that his team's star-studded batting line-up is low on confidence before the second final of the cricket tri-series against India here on Tuesday.

"You would be inhuman not to have a little bit of a hit with the confidence when you are not getting the results you are looking for," Nielsen said at a press conference on the eve of the match.

Nielsen said the main challenge before his side would be to get rid of the mental block against the Indian bowlers.

"That is the challenge of elite sport. You are not always going to get the result you want. We are playing against a bowling attack, which is bowling very well. Our challenge at the moment is to keep these blokes up and get them in a state of mind, which gives them every chance tomorrow.

"While we are not playing as well as we would have liked, we have 24 hours to sort it out," he said.

Nielsen said the recent reverses in hands of India had created self-doubts in the minds of the Australian players.

"It's one of those funny situations where they feel as if they are hitting the ball quite well and going about things pretty well," he said.