Hampshire captain Shane Warne will target Rahul Dravid as Australia prepare for Test match revenge in India.

Warne has been on the losing side in Australia's two previous Test series on India soil but reckons Dravid, pictured right, will be the key wicket when the first Test begins in Bangalore next week - even if Sachin Tendulkar is fit to play.

During his first season with Hampshire in 2000, Warne came out second best against Dravid in a championship match against Kent at Portsmouth.

Ironically, it needed Giles White's part time leg spin to dismiss the man known as 'The Wall' for a masterful 137, but Dravid added 73 unbeaten runs in the second innings as Kent won by six wickets and was named as the ICC's cricketer of the year earlier this month.

Warne, though is confident of success against the world's form batsman.

He said: "In the two tours I have been here I have had Dravid seven times. I don't know why my success is against him and not some of the other players but I know how to bowl to him.

"All the Indian players know how to play spin and Rahul is as good as anyone in the world, he's the key batsman. We're good friends off the field but on the field he's the best player and in form so he's the guy I will be targeting, he's on a roll, he's the rock."

Warne also believes that Sachin Tendulkar will play despite speculation that he is still struggling with the tennis elbow that ruled him out of the ICC Champions Trophy.

He added: "Tendulkar is the best batsman in the world in my 15 years of playing. There's a lot of talk about his tennis elbow but I have got no doubt that he will be there for the first Test."