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India relish being out of spotlight: Wright

December 17, 2003 15:36 IST

India's stunning win in the second Test against Australia sparked national celebrations at home but the tourists are enjoying being away from the spotlight, coach John Wright said on Wednesday.

India defeated Australia by four wickets in Adelaide on Tuesday to take a 1-0 lead in the four-match series.

John WrightCaptain Saurav Ganguly's side play Australia A in a three-day match starting on Friday in the Tasmanian capital of Hobart.

"We'll just keep our feet on the ground and keep working," Wright told reporters in Hobart.

The former New Zealand opening batsman added: "(Staying grounded is) a little bit easier here than in India.

"We've enjoyed the success but there's still two Tests to go," the coach said following India's first Test victory in Australia for 22 years.

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India's player of the match Rahul Dravid, who hit 233 and 72 not out, said: "Everyone has spoken to family and friends and we're happy that we've made a lot of people happy.

"But it's quite different (here) because you're away on tour and cocooned away from what's happening (in India) which is sometimes a good thing because you can stay focused on the job at hand."

Dravid said India would be keen to enjoy the next week before building up to the third Test starting in Melbourne on December 26, followed by the fourth Test in Sydney from January 2-6.

"It's a bit more relaxed in these side games," said Dravid.

"I wouldn't say we're going to take the foot off the pedal but it's a bit more relaxed but I think we'd like to keep up our intensity here as well."

Wright added: "Our batsman are in good form which is good and we just have to keep that form going.

"We've got the belief that has come from the way they've played ... it's the key for any side."

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