Australian wicketkeeper Brad Haddin believes his team is fully prepared for Boxing Day Test match against India and has left their humbling defeat to New Zealand at Hobart behind them.
“I think we are in a very good space. We have had a week to prepare. We couldn’t be more prepared and more looking forward to the game,” said Haddin ahead of the Boxing Day Test.
“Boxing Day is a great occasion to walk out on the Melbourne Cricket Ground. As a sportsman, it is a highlight to play in front of 60-70 thousand people.
“We have had a very good couple of days at our batting camp and we are ready for the contest.”
Speaking about speculation around the fitness of India’s two premier fast bowlers, Zaheer Khan and Ishant Sharma, Haddin said, “I think they rely on the two big boys quite a lot.
“With the injury cloud I don’t think too much about that with the Indian team. Once they take the field they seem to roll out all right. We know where their strengths are, but we also know there are areas that we can get the game moving forward and develop the game as quick as we like.”
Haddin said Aussies have’t planned to prevent the Little Master, Sachin Tendulkar, from scoring his much-awaited 100th international ton.
“That”s exciting, the prospect of him scoring his hundredth 100, for the fans and everyone involved in the game, but we haven’t really discussed this during our team meeting”, said Haddin.
He further said, “With a bit of luck we don’t give him the opportunity to get there”.