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.”
“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.”
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.”