Krejza - Patience the key
Rookie off-spinner marks Test debut with trio of high profile scalps
Last Updated: November 6, 2008 3:31pm
Krejza celebrates the dismissal of Dravid
Australia off-spinner Jason Krejza attributed his promising first day of Test cricket to the lessons he has learned from his Indian counterparts.
"We are in a decent position. I think losing five wickets was too much, three would have been okay."
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The 25-year-old was handed his debut in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy series decider in Nagpur as Australia opted to drop seamer Stuart Clark to make room for two spinners on a dry, grassless pitch.
He survived an initial hammering from Virender Sehwag to finish the day with figures of 3-138, including the prized scalps of Sehwag (66), Rahul Dravid (0) and VVS Laxman (64).
Sachin Tendulkar's 109 was the mainstay of India's 311-5, although his departure - trapped lbw by Mitchell Johnson against second new ball late in the day - revived Australia's rapidly fading victory hopes.
"There's a lot I've learned, patience is the key here and now it's starting to shine through, so I'm very pleased," said Krejza, who was selected for the tour despite averaging 45.47 with ball in 23 first-class matches.
"I was expecting for them to come after me early. I kept my head on my shoulders and had a bit of a chat with Ricky (Ponting) and Matty Hayden and got my nerves down and bowled quite well."
Krejza's hopes of playing in the first three Tests of the series were scuppered by an expensive outing in the warm-up match against the Indian Board President's XI in Hyderabad.
"It was good to have the time to fine-tune what I was doing," he added. "I saw a lot of footage of what I did there and of the Indian spinners, and that helped."
Centurion Tendulkar praised Krejza's performance and also admitted his own late dismissal took the gloss off the hosts' day.
The leading run scorer in Test history was fortunate his innings lasted as long as it did - he was dropped on 85 and 98, on both occasions after miscuing attempts to loft Krejza over mid-off.
"He was a bit unlucky," said Tendulkar, whose contribution ended a 10-month century drought in Tests.
"He had a first wonderful day. As I said there is a lot more cricket to play, so we have to wait and see but he has had a good day."
On the state of the game, he added: "We are in a decent position. I think losing five wickets was too much, three would have been okay.
"The wicket is good. The spinners are getting bounce so I think in a day or two it will be difficult to play spinners."
India lead the series 1-0 and require only a draw in Nagpur to claim the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.