Chennai: Australia captain Michael Clarke said that opener Gautam Gambhir's omission from the Indian Test squad was a piece of happy news for his bowlers.
Clarke said that he expected a batsman of Gambhir's calibre to be in the team and India would badly miss his experience.
"I expected him (Gambhir) to be in the Test team. He is a wonderful player and has played for India for a long time now. I think there are a few bowlers in our team who are happy he is not playing," the Australian captain said.
Describing Gambhir as a "wonderful guy," Clarke expressed the hope that the left-hander would soon get back into the national reckoning.
"He is a wonderful guy and I really like him and I get along really well with him. If he scores runs, I'm sure he will get his chance with the Indian team again," he said. Australian teams over the years have been known to play mind-games but Clarke believes that the game is about on-the-field performances and not making statements.
"It's not about what you say. It's about what you do. As a player, as the Australian cricket team, that's our goal. It's no good making statements and comments and not backing them up. I'd rather want people to speak less and do more, so that's our goal. Perform well on the field, that's all we want," he said.