Zaheer ready to leave it all in the middle

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India bowlers Zaheer Khan and Ravichandran Ashwin have declared that they will fight with all they have in the Tests against South Africa this month, looking to avenge the ODI series defeat.

India bowlers Zaheer Khan and Ravichandran Ashwin have declared that they will fight with all they have in the Tests against South Africa this month, looking to avenge the ODI series defeat.

The Proteas won the series two-nil and could have made it three if not for the rain ending the third match at the interval. Zaheer, who did not play in the ODIs and returning to the Test side after a year out, said he was keen to convert words into wickets.

Zaheer said: "You know, talk is talk. You can talk as much as you like outside. Once you go on to the field, it's all about doing. And I think this Indian team will do the needful. Whatever it's going to take to win this series."

The veteran fast bowler was then asked about his plans to dismiss South Africa captain Graeme Swann, and he replied with a rather blunt: "I just have to turn up."

He then quickly added: "Having said that, Graeme Smith has got a terrific record in Test matches. He's a good leader. It's good to have that advantage. When you go into a match and have that edge over someone who has been a good opener and [has] been scoring consistently at the highest level."

Another bowler looking to right the wrongs inflicted during the ODI series is spinner Ravi Ashwin, who took a beating against the Proteas and wants to get back to his preferred format and restore his pride.

he said: "I am definitely here in terms of looking to fight and just go on fighting. I am prepared for a fight. I want to take it to the field and see what I can actually do.

"Be it with catching, be it with bowling or be it with batting. I am prepared for all. So I am just going to go out there and make sure that I at least give it 100% of what I can to try for a series win. It cannot get any better. It means the most to me in life."

He added: "There are three facets of the game. I'll be standing at slips, I'll be bowling, I'll be batting. I would fight in every department. I am dead serious about it. I will definitely throw every bit.

"I will never throw the towel, and I'll try and see where I can go [from] here. There is nothing that will mean more to me than a victory overseas."

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