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Harbhajan: I´m still good enough

10 February 2013 14:13

Harbhajan Singh says he never doubted his ability to earn a recall to India's Test team after being picked for the series with Australia.

The off-spinner had found himself on the fringes of the national team's five-day set-up in recent years, making just one Test appearance since July 2011.

That lone outing ended in defeat to England in Mumbai last November, with Harbhajan claiming just two wickets before being omitted for the final two Tests of the series.

However, the 32-year-old's impressive domestic form has seen him included in the squad for the first Test against Australia in Chennai, starting on February 22.

"It's always tough to make comebacks," Harbhajan said.

"I think I have been working really hard on my game, and just being there, trying to give everything I have, it's a new day and a new opportunity for me, that's all I kept telling myself. I'm still good enough to play for India and that's the reason I was playing cricket."

A touring India team suffered a chastening 4-0 loss in their most recent Test series against Australia in 2011/12, but Harbhajan is confident of achieving a far better outcome on home soil.

"All I can say is that Ishant (Sharma), (Ashok) Dinda, Bhuvan (Bhuveshwar Kumar) and the three spinners - we all have that opportunity and we have the quality to do that," he said when asked if India's attack is capable of taking 20 wickets.

"They (Australia) have a pretty new batting line-up. Apart from Clarke and Watson they have a lot of left-handers.

"They haven't played much Test cricket and they haven't played in India. This will be a challenging series for them.

"Hopefully we'll put them under pressure from the first day of the Test match and show how we play cricket here."

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