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We just talked about it from the start that Michael and Doug wouldn't be here till a certain stage. When that changed, we pushed it back. Everybody is understanding [of that]. We just let them [Bollinger and Hussey] know upfront that if they are fit, they are more than likely to take their place in the team. We have to make the right decision, not only on their getting a spot, but [make sure] they are physically and mentally and technically right to play.
— Tim Nielsen is not sure if Doug Bollinger plays in the first test against India / September 29, 2010
The effect Ricky has on the team is unbelievable, even before he walks out to bat. He is a leader, and the way he takes responsibility, the way he leads by an example on and off the field is a huge thing. He has done that for such a long time. He is one of the greatest to have ever played cricket for Australia.
— Michael Clarke said of Ricky Ponting's leadership abilities / September 28, 2010
Ricky looks as fit as I have seen him since I started playing with him. He is training as hard as ever, and I do believe what I said the other day, that his next six-eight-twelve months will be as big as you have seen from Ricky Ponting. He is keen as mustard to do well, he is really looking forward to the start of the tour. He is enjoying, I guess, so much youth being around in the squad. Obviously he has played over a 150  Tests. There is so much knowledge and experience, he is really enjoying helping the younger players. I mean when I say that I wouldn't be surprised if these are Ricky's best four months of his career.
— Michael Clarke said of Ricky Ponting / September 28, 2010
None of the other offspinners have their way around me as Harbhajan does. So I have to give it to him. He has bowled very well against me.
— Ricky Ponting said of Harbhajan Singh / September 28, 2010
I think certain players like that confrontation. There are guys like this in all the teams around the world who perform better with that kind of confrontation. But I know how good a bowler he is so I will be more focused on trying to counter what comes out his of hand and try my best to adapt to that. He's always tough to face, he's always a great challenge and I really enjoy facing him because I think he is one of the best spinners in the world.
— Michael Clarke saying Australia will see Harbhajan Singh as a bowler / September 28, 2010
If the first ball is there to be hit for four or six, Harbhajan will probably try and do that. I think he is quite carefree in his batting. He just sees the ball and hits it. Batting lower down the order gives him the freedom to do that too... He has scored runs against Australia in the past, so we will have to plan to combat that.
— Michael Clarke about Harbhajan Singh's batting / September 28, 2010
I am very confident Harbhajan will play, I saw him bowling yesterday after the end of day's play, and I know how much he loves playing against Australia. I will be very surprised if he doesn't play so I am going to be preparing like he is going to. But of course, if he doesn't play it's a huge plus for us. He's a very good bowler and he has had a lot of success against Australia.
— Michael Clarke is confident that Harbhajan Singh will play against Australia in the first test / September 28, 2010