Australia cannot be taken lightly,says Rohit Sharma

Australia cannot be taken lightly,says Rohit Sharma

The first match of the series,the one-off T20,begins in Rajkot on Thursday.

Australia cannot be taken lightly,says Rohit Sharma

Mumbai: The visiting Australians may be without their star captain Michael Clarke,but India opener Rohit Sharma feels that they cannot be taken lightly. “They are a very competitive side with most of their players having featured in the IPL and Champions League. They know the Indian conditions well. We can’t get complacent against them. Australia on a given day are a very dangerous side,” Rohit said. “They are still a very competitive side. Their batters are match winners. We have to be at our best against them.” Rohit’s belief stemmed from the Australian cricketers’ familiarity with Indian conditions and players due to the IPL and Champions League and cautioned the hosts to guard against complacency while taking on the visitors in the lone Twenty20 and seven-match ODI rubber. The first match of the series,the one-off T20,begins in Rajkot on Thursday. Rohit also rubbished former Australian captain Ian Chappell’s views that the upcoming ODI series has been “badly-timed” and will dent the team’s morale by exposing its “glaring” batting frailties on spin-friendly tracks. “I don’t agree with his views. For me,every series is important whenever it is played. India-Australia series is

always important for cricketers from both sides. The last thing a player,a sporstperson wants is to sit back at home and not playing the game,” he said.

India series will help Aussies for Ashes: Lee

NEW DELHI: Brett Lee said the India-Australia series would do good to the Australian team as nothing beats the experience of playing in India. “This is a great opportunity for this young Australian team to play cricket in the heat and dust of India,which would set them up for the toughest of conditions,” Lee said. “India is a place which helps you learn a lot of things,I learnt a lot playing here and hopefully this Australian team would also gain a lot from the experience. We have the Ashes coming up next month and this series will help the Australian team,” he said.

Security measures put in place ahead of 1st T20

rajkot: Adequate security measures have been put in place by Saurashtra Cricket Association (SCA) and Rajkot rural police ahead of the first T20 match to be played between India and Australia at Khanderi stadium on October 10. Over 1,000 policemen including 19 DYSPs and SRPs have been deployed at the stadium and the hotel where the two teams would stay,Rajkot Rural Superintendent of Police Vishal Kumar Vaghela said. The security arrangement has been divided into 14 sectors and a DYSP cadre official would monitor the each sector,the SP said. The police have also issued guideline for viewers and banned electronic equipments.