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Sharma aiming for clean sweep

UPDATED 24 March, 2013 11:15AM AEST | by Omnisport 3

India's Ishant Sharma says his side are focusing on themselves as they prepare for their dead rubber fourth Test against Australia in Delhi.

The tourists have endured a miserable series with a 3-0 Test whitewash that has been coupled with internal disruption and disciplinary issues.

But Sharma feels those issues do not concern India, who will be looking to finish the series in style when the final Test gets underway on Friday.

"No, whatever is happening for them [Australia] is their own problem and it should be up to them to work out their problems and decide how that is going to affect them," Sharma said.

"We should focus on our own hard work, like training and practising processes for the game and we will only focus on achieving positive scores with our bowlers and batsmen.

"The morale of the team is very good as we have defeated Australia 3-0 in the Test series so far and by convincing margins each time, so there is a strong sense of confidence in everybody and we would like to carry this into the fourth Test match in Delhi also.

The fast bowler said India will miss Shikhar Dhawan, after the batsman enjoyed a dream Test debut with 187 runs in the third contest in Mohali.

"I felt bad for Shikhar; after making such a dream debut he gets injured and as a team-mate, we feel bad that such talent is wasted," Sharma said.

"But it is part of the game and hopefully he can come back strong."

Sharma wants his side to continue their winning momentum as they seek to return to the pinnacle of Test cricket and dislodge South Africa from the top spot.

"As a team, we try to play well and work out how we can become the number one Test team again," he said.

"If we keep working like this, then our main objective is to become number one in the world again."

The opinions expressed here are the views of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Cricket Australia

First Posted 22 March, 2013 9:08AM AEST

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