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Australia get ready for India on Sydney’s specially prepared spinning pitches

Australia hope that specifically ready pitches at dwelling will assist them obtain one of many largest abroad challenges: profitable a Test collection in India which they have not done since 2004.

The squad has traded off an extended build-up on the bottom in India – and there will not be a warm-up match – in favour of a brief pre-series camp the place the North Sydney Oval curator Kieran Meurant served up the kind of floor the pinnacle coach Andrew McDonald hoped for throughout two days of intense coaching for these not concerned within the BBL.

One pitch on the Bon Andrews Oval, adjoining to the primary North Sydney Oval, was scarified and scuffed up, alongside having some important cracks, to try to replicate what is predicted to be on provide in India – though nothing may be sure till every Test begins – with SG balls additionally getting used.

Australia will arrive into Bengaluru subsequent week the place they are going to be based mostly for 5 days earlier than heading to Nagpur for the primary Test on February 9, and so they have been instructed that the apply wickets can be shut sufficient to the Test pitches to supply worth, however one of many causes for the brief build-up is the assumption that situations they’ll management at dwelling are of as a lot worth.

“Kieran has done a fantastic job here with the groundstaff to produce exactly what we want,” McDonald mentioned. “We feel as though out there the surfaces we got are very similar to what we’re going to confront in India which is very difficult to replicate, but we feel as though we’ve got close to that, so the ground staff have done a fantastic job.

“Often [there’s] no actual connection between that apply sport into the primary Test match. We really feel as if we are able to management the surfaces right here. [We] get a bit extra management in Bangalore to copy what we will come up towards after which we go into Nagpur contemporary and hopefully it pays dividends on the again finish.

“There’s been assurances given [about pitches in Bengaluru]. We’ll get there and most groundstaff around the world are pretty good at allowing us to get what we want. We’ll wait and see.”

Australia ready in an identical approach earlier than going to Pakistan last year with a camp in Melbourne slightly than additional days on tour though this time the expectation is for pitches to supply sharper, faster spin – nearer to how the two Tests against Sri Lanka in Galle performed out.

“We went through a lot of those scenarios,” McDonald mentioned. “I think the new ball is the one that creates more of that slide and when the batters do get done on the inside…we’re preparing for that.

“We’ll anticipate the spinners to bowl early towards our opening batters as properly with the brand new ball so all that’s taken care of within the coaching atmosphere. The key to success there may be to have a transparent technique and that can be individually based mostly and relying on the situations we’re confronted with.”

A fit-again Ravindra Jadeja, who took eight wickets on his comeback within the Ranji Trophy final week, looms as a major threat after his Player of the Series function within the 2017 collection the place he claimed 25 wickets. Whether it’s Jadeja or Axar Patel, visiting teams have struggled to combat India’s left-arm spin in recent years.

“We’ve bought an identical bowler in Ashton Agar who may also help put together, and in addition [assistant coach] Dan Vettori, a left-arm thrower,” McDonald said. “We’ll be making an attempt to verify the batters are clear on their technique. It can be a person technique… they have a very good blueprint in a number of the Test matches towards Sri Lanka in Galle.”

While the senior batters in the squad have not been part of the camp, all the frontline spinners have been together with some very specific training for Nathan Lyon, Agar, Mitchell Swepson and the uncapped Todd Murphy. The quartet have worked on the lines, lengths and release positions, aided by the pre-ordered pitch, and have even got as detailed as discussing field settings.

Another key reason for getting the bowlers into camp was to be able to increase workloads, with those who have been involved in BBL needing to quickly adjust from four-over spells

“Starting to get into that actually tactical layer [and] additionally bodily preparation,” McDonald said. “From the very fact they will be required to bowl heavy overs and clearly you possibly can’t simply shift T20 into Test match cricket.

“It’s been one of the great challenges. I’ve heard state coaches talk about it year in year out, switching from BBL back into Shield cricket and how difficult that is. Everyone appreciates how difficult that is and hence why we are here now. There’s some talk around we’re going to India a bit later… but we’re still preparing over here. Still feel like we’ve got two weeks to prepare for that first Test.”



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