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MS Dhoni says India not far off away from Test wins

DhoniCaptain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said India have the pace, threat and aggression to win Tests away from home and it’s just a matter of time before results go their way.

The Indians lost by four wickets to Australia in Saturday’s second Test in Brisbane after going down all guns blazing by 48 runs chasing 364 in the opening Adelaide Test.

While India have been in contention in both Tests, the Australians have won the key moments to turn around the contests.

The Brisbane loss was India’s fifth straight away defeat and their 15th in the last 18, with only one win.

India were thumped 3-1 in England this year and trail Australia 2-0 in the four-match Border-Gavaskar series, but Dhoni is undeterred.

“There are plenty of areas we’re showing improvement, but we’re still not crossing the line,” Dhoni said.

“We need to give it a bit more time. Once they start crossing that line, once they harness that aggression in the right channel you’ll see plenty of good results from this side.”

Dhoni, lining up for his 90th Test match as a player and 60th as captain in the third Test in Melbourne on Boxing Day, said it is important for India to compete against the Australians in what is the toughest tour for overseas teams.

“The exciting thing is we have competed. What’s really important is it can turn at any point of time,” he said.

“The competition has been good, though the results have not been in our favour.

“It’s exciting to see the youngsters putting in a fight. It’s just a matter of time. It will turn out to be a very consistent side.”

Dhoni said it was important for his team to fight it out to the end of their Test matches, irrespective of their situation in the contest.

“It’s important that you fight it out with the opposition and then whatever the result is, you accept it,” he said.

“At the same time, you don’t throw in the towel. It was quite good to see our fast bowlers still running in, giving 100 per cent.

“We have seen the execution power of our fast bowlers has increased.

“Ishant Sharma is the leader of the pack. He is someone who can consistently now bowl in one area.

“Varun Aaron is still raw. He does go for runs, but it’s exciting to see somebody from India bowling at a good pace and using the bouncer to get the opposition out.

“We were able to get a few wickets in Australia’s second innings and that helps the youngsters learn that to get another 50, 60, 70 runs it can really matter. Especially, when it comes to Australia and a fifth-day wicket.”

India have not beaten Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in 33 years and have lost their last five Tests there by big margins.

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