Aussies mull to prepare well for mine fields in India
New Delhi : After England, now it will be the Australia’s turn to face mine fields in India. India humiliated England in the five match Test series by defeating them 4-0. It will be a litmus Test for the Australian team who have not won a Test since 2004 in India.
It will be a mission impossible for Steve Smith and his boys as they lost all the four Test matches last time they lost all the matches in 2013.
Keeping the tour in mind the Aussies will have a fifteen days session in ICC academy in Dubai. The ICC academy in Dubai has got two full-sized floodlit ovals and more than 30 grass pitches constructed on different soils from around the cricket world.
Keeping India tour in mind, Australia's team for New Year Test has included two spinners in Nathan Lyon and Steve O'Keefe against Pakistan. Younger Ashton Agar was also in the 13-man squad but did not make the playing eleven.
Earlier, England did the same thing in the Gulf state ahead of their landmark 2-1 series win in India in 2012, while the West Indies also spent time at the academy before winning the World Twenty20 championship in India last year.
Australia will play two intra-squad matches in Dubai, with the numbers made up by young players from the Pakistan Super League T20 competition being held there at the same time.
The first Test begins in Pune on February 23.