Oz in India: Desperate hosts search for answers against Australia; Harbhajan to play

While someone like Sachin Tendulkar would like to face the challenges thrown by Peter Siddle, Mitchell Starc and James Pattinson head on, the likes of Phil Hughes, Matthew Wade, Ed Cowan and David Warner will aim at successfully negotiating the spin threat of Ravichandran Ashwin, Harbhajan Singh and Pragyan Ojha.

updated: February 22, 2013 09:51 IST
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Chennai: Shrugging off disappointments from the last season, India will seek to reaffirm their supremacy on home soil when they take on a new-look Australian side in the first cricket Test from today in what promises to a thrilling four-match series.

BCCI has confirmed on its official website that Harbhajan Singh will play in his 100th Test match when the teams walk out at the M Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. His last match for India was against England where he took 2/84 in the match as India went down by 10 wickets. Bhajji has taken 408 wickets from 99 Tests at an average of 32.27 and a strike-rate of 68.1.

"It's a big game," Harbhajan, who interestingly found fame after wrecking the same team in the famous 2001 series, said at the pre-match press conference.

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