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Keith Stackpole's happy memories

By K.C. Vijaya Kumar

BANGALORE, OCT. 8. Every time an Australian team gears up to tour India, grainy black and white pictures of Bill Lawry's men, are dusted and their exploits in the 1969-70 tour are remembered. It was the last time, an Australian side won a series in India. And Keith Stackpole, former Australian opener and the man who set the tone for that series with a 103 in the first Test at Mumbai, cannot stop smiling while memories swirl around him.

Stackpole is in the City to do radio commentary for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and during a break, he dwelt on that epochal 3-1 series victory in India.

"We had good players of spin in Ian Redpath, Ian Chappell and Doug Walters and our quick bowlers could not only bowl quick with the new ball but later they could bowl good medium-pace too. In India we have to bowl at the stumps and then you get the chance of an lbw or a bowled and our bowlers have done precisely this in the current Test match," Stackpole said.

Stackpole reiterated that conditions off the field had a key role in propelling Lawry's men to a series triumph. "We didn't enjoy the tour so much off the field, there were good hotels in the towns but we stayed in sub-standard conditions and we sort of had this anti-India feeling, it was like we were not only up against 11 players but also up against the whole of India. I don't say it was the right thing but what it did was that it bonded us into a close unit and we wanted to win," he said.

However Stackpole had no qualms in expressing his admiration for E.A.S. Prasanna and Bishen Singh Bedi. "The Indian spin attack that we faced then was better. If you were at the non-strikers end, you could actually hear the ball humming in the air as Prasanna let go off the ball and he along with Bedi bowled to a plan. Probably the Indian batting now is better than what we played against," he said before heading back to the microphones.

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