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Focusing on India tour for a place in Ashes squad: Bollinger

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August 02, 2010 11:43 IST

Dougie BollingerEager to contribute when Australia strive to reclaim Ashes in November, fast bowler Doug Bollinger said he would try to impress the selectors by doing well on the India tour.

Australia will tour India in October just ahead of Ashes series against traditional rivals England.

"I'm focusing on the Indian series to ensure I get a game in the Ashes. Competition is tough - we have so many good bowlers. Ryan Harris is coming back (from injury). Peter Siddle is as well," Bollinger said.

In its recent tour to England, Australia drew the two-Test series against Pakistan and lost a One-day series to the British side.

"Everyone has to be on top of their game, and that's good because it means we'll all have to work harder," he was quoted as saying by the Sydney Morning Herald.

Meanwhile, the England team's unusual way of preparing for the Ashes series by listening to the tunes of famous rock band ACDC has left Bollinger surprised.

According to reports, the England batsmen were asked to focus on their batting while listening to ACDC music during net practice at the indoor cricket centre.

The temperature at the indoor centre was also increased by a few degrees to create Australia's summer conditions, besides importing a high-tech batting machine from the US that can replicate any bowler's action.

"I don't understand it. I don't like AC/DC, so I won't be singing any of their songs (to the English)," Bollinger said.

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