'Want to wrap up series in Nagpur'

'Want to wrap up series in Nagpur'

'Want to wrap up series in Nagpur'

Australia’s left-arm spinner Xavier Doherty said on Monday that the visitors would like to wrap up the series here rather than leaving it to the seventh and final one-dayer at Bangalore.

India will take on Australia in the sixth ODI at the VCA stadium on Wednesday. Aussies lead the series 2-1 after their wins in Pune and Mohali.

“We've come here to win this game. We're not worried too much about Bangalore at the moment. We're worried about winning this game and wrapping it up on Wednesday. We don't want to save it until the last game to make it a sudden death,” Doherty told newsmen after the net session.

Mitchell Johnson has been the impact player of the series thus far either side, bowling at pace near the 150-kmph mark. But a side strain has raised concerns about his availability for the next two matches. Doherty allayed those worries.

“He bowled fast enough for me not to want to go into his net today, I can tell you that much. I had the option of going into his net and I chose not to. There's no issue with Mitch,” he said.

The on-going series has been a nightmarish affair for bowlers with them being taken apart mercilessly by a set of power-hitters on placid pitches. However, Doherty has managed to hold his own, particularly against MS Dhoni, often shackling down the Indian skipper.

“Stats can probably lie sometimes. I haven't bowled to him in the last five overs and I'm sure that stats would change if I did that because that's the way he goes about his innings.

“I guess that's the role for me, through the middle of the innings, to try and tie down whoever is batting and stack as many dots up as I can. Hopefully, the wickets come either at my end or the other end. As for MS, he’s one of the real power-hitters in world cricket. I'd love to get his wicket at some stage in the next two games,” he added.

Doherty also hoped that the pitch at the VCA stadium would offer some assistance to him. “The last game in Ranchi…it was spinning a little bit. I think the spinners might play a bit more of a role here as well.”

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