Australia captain Michael Clarke says he's pleased about the absence of India batsman Gautam Gambhir for the upcoming Test series, saying his bowlers would much prefer not to bowl to him, even if he is in poor form.
Gambhir was dropped from the Test squad to face the Aussies after a bad run of form, and while Clarke feels he is a 'wonderful guy,' he would rather not have to set fields for him.
Clarke said: "I expected him (Gambhir) to be in the Test team. He is a wonderful player and has played for India for a long time now. I think there are a few bowlers in our team who are happy he is not playing.
"He is a wonderful guy and I really like him and I get along really well with him. If he scores runs, I'm sure he will get his chance with the Indian team again."
Asked whether he would be indulging in a few mind games ahead of the series, Clarke added: "It's not about what you say. It's about what you do. As a player, as the Australian cricket team, that's our goal.
"It's no good making statements and comments and not backing them up. I'd rather want people to say less and do more, so that's our goal. Perform well on the field, that's all we want."
Clarke didn't want to elaborate on his team or India's perceived shortcomings, but did say that the current Australian side were far less experienced compared the last time they toured the sub-continent, where players like Ricky Ponting and Michael Hussey were around.
Clarke said: "The Australian team has no weaknesses at all (Laughs). I don't think it will be right for me to sit here and tell you what the Australian team's strengths and weaknesses are and I don't think it will be fair to give you the Indian team's strengths and weaknesses either.
"We have to be really focussed just on us and on the areas we need to get better at and not worry too much about our opposition."
He continued: "When you look at the team now compared to when I first came in, we had so many experienced players, so many great players; probably seven or eight players in the team when I made my debut were as good as any seven or eight players in the world. We are a lot less experienced now.
"Yes, every one of us has the same goals, the same commitment, the same work ethic. We know that to be successful, we need to perform well as a team. It's not about individuals making a hundred or a two hundred or taking five wickets. That's not going to give us the success we want over a long period."
Clarke added that it was the role of the senior players to help the new lads, adding: "Being a senior player, not just the captain, it is part of your responsibility.
"As you get older, as you play more cricket, the responsibility is on some of us who have played a lot of Test cricket to stand up and lead from the front, make sure the youngsters are taken along."