Chennai: Neil McKenzie, who made a solid 94 on the opening day, said on Wednesday, that he enjoyed batting on the Chennai wicket.
“It was just about getting in there. The wicket had a lot more bounce for a sub-continent wicket. The ball came quite nicely onto the bat. It was a really nice wicket.”
McKenzie admitted opening the batting had given him an advantage in the sub-continent.
“I think if there is one place that you want to bat in the sub-continent, it is opening the batting. So I have seen it (responsibility of opening) in a positive way. I have seen it as a responsibility to see the new ball away. I am 32, and I want to enjoy my cricket and wherever they want me put I want to give 100 per cent.”
On missing out on a hundred, he said, “Test cricketers are really greedy. At the start of the day I would have taken 90 gladly, but it’s always never enough. Happy to get runs, but very disappointed I that missed out on a Test hundred.”
The 32-year-old stressed on the importance of stretching the score past 400. “We are happy with our show today but there is still a long way to go. In the sub-continent the Test matches start very slowly. I think we still need to put on another 100 or 150 runs with Mark (Boucher) coming.”
Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh was of the view that winning the toss would have helped. “I think it was very important to win the toss. But the Madras [Chennai] wicket has always been like that. It has always been good for the batsmen for the first 2-3 days and then the spinners come into play. You can’t really keep complaining about the wickets.”
“We will try to get them out as soon as we can and hopefully 75-80 runs will be our target. We know that we have to get two wickets and then we start into their tail. It is a matter of getting those two early wickets and if we get it then we are right in the game.”
Satisfied with his bowling, he hoped for a better show on Thursday. “I think I bowled okay. It was the first day of a Test match and it is always difficult to get batsmen out on the first day. Tomorrow it will be a different story when I go out to bowl and hopefully I will get a few more wickets. The wicket is very, very flat and it is hard for the bowlers to keep running in with the same intensity in this heat. But I think in the first session we gave away a lot of boundaries and a lot of their runs were scored in boundaries.”