Khan keen to bounce back
Zaheer Khan feels 2008 can offer a fresh start for India Down Under as they look to bounce back from their mauling in Melbourne.
Last Updated: 31/12/07 3:27pm
Zaheer Khan feels 2008 can offer a fresh start for India in their Test series with Australia.
The tourists were thumped by 337 runs in the opening match in Melbourne, failing to score above 200 in either of their innings.
Now the two teams have moved on to Sydney for the second Test starting on January 2, which can be seen live on Sky Sports.
Seamer Zaheer has told his team-mates to forget about their display last week and instead concentrate on performing better in the New Year.
"The first Test was in 2007 and the next one is in 2008 and we're all looking forward to it," declared the left-armer.
"We don't really want to talk about the last game. It's happened, it's gone, it's history. We are looking ahead; we don't want to look back.
"There is still a long way to go in the series and we have to get our act together in the next game. We will definitely put up our best show."
India will face a home side brimming with confidence after chalking up a 15th straight Test success.
Another victory for Australia at the SCG would see them equal their own world record of 16 consecutive Test victories.
Despite the loss of Glenn McGrath, Shane Warne and Justin Langer to retirement, Australia have maintained their run thanks to the input of some fresh faces.
The most recent introduction to the team has been spinner Brad Hogg, who took four for 133 last week in his first Test appearance for four years.
Back in the team at the age of 36, the Western Australian is looking to build on his performance at the MCG after waiting so long for another chance.
"The last Test match has given me confidence to move forward," Hogg said.
"I thought I played okay (and) I'm going into the next match with some confidence.
"But I've got to make sure I'm still on my game and keep going about my business the same way and not get too far ahead of myself."