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Spinning Test pitch in Delhi

By AAP .
21 March 2013 10:22AM EST

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IT'S not like Australia have never won a Test before at Delhi's Feroz Shah Kotla.

However, it was so far back in history that Neil Harvey used to show how it's done on the field rather than complaining about how things were in his day.

Australia have played six Tests at the venue for a single victory, which came in December 1959.

The dancing feet of Harvey helped the little left-hander hit 114 in Australia's 468 and Richie Benaud spun his way to figures of 3-0 and 5-76 as the tourists claimed victory by an innings and 127 runs.

Since then Australia's record has been loss (1969), draw (1979), draw (1986), loss (1996), draw (2008).

The one-off Test in 1996 marked the inaugural Border-Gavaskar Trophy series.

Spin's links with the venue became even stronger when Indian offie Anil Kumble became the second person behind England's Jim Laker to take 10-for in Test cricket with his 10-74 against Pakistan in 1998-99.

In the 2008 Test, India's Gautam Gambhir and VVS Laxman made double-centuries and Australia's Michael Clarke hit 112.

Both sides made over 500 in their first innings in the drawn clash.

The most recent Delhi Test was in November 2011 when India claimed a five-wicket win after bowling West Indies out for 304 and 180.

Off-spinner Ravi Ashwin took nine wickets in the match for India.

Ashwin tops the wicket-taking list in the current series against Australia with 22 wickets at 21.40.

India's left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja (17 at 18.88) is the only other bowler from either side with more than eight wickets in the series and it's clear India will play to their strength for the Delhi Test.

Australia opener and Delhi Daredevils IPL import David Warner has told the Aussies it will be a good batting track for the first couple of days.

"But it is low and slow and you do get that slow, low turn," Warner's opening partner Ed Cowan says.

"We'll see if the groundsman's in on the gag and produces a raging turner.

"We'll expect that and anything better than that is a better result for us."

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