Sydney. Australia’s head coach Andrew McDonald believes that his strategy of not playing practice matches before overseas tours will also prove effective in the 4-match Test series against India to be held in February-March. In a way, it also shows his bigotry. The Australian team is unlikely to play a practice match before the Border-Gavaskar Trophy (IND vs AUS). The team will come to India only a week before the first Test cricket match starting in Nagpur from 9th February. McDonald said that staying fresh mentally and physically is more important than going to India and playing practice matches and adjusting to the conditions. Australia’s target is to win the series in India for the first time in 19 years.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Andrew McDonald said, ‘We have adopted a strategy of not playing practice matches in the last few series on foreign tours. We feel that our team does not need such match practice. We will go to India only a week before the first test match. We do not want to spend too much time on preparations. A similar strategy adopted during Australia’s tour of Pakistan in March last year proved effective and then it won the 3-match series 1-0.
same strategy against pakistan
During this time, Australia practiced on specially prepared pitches in the camp in Melbourne and reached Pakistan a week before the first test played in Rawalpindi. Macdonald said that we feel that one week is enough time to prepare and maintain fitness during the entire series of 4 Test matches. We had achieved success in Pakistan by doing this. We spent very little time there before the first match.
3 day camp
This time Australia has planned to set up a 3-day camp in Sydney before the tour of India for those players who are not playing in the Big Bash League. Macdonald said that we can prepare our conditions. We had done this in the past before the tour of Pakistan. We had prepared such wickets, which suited our purpose. He said that working with local field workers really helps us. We feel that we can get more help from this than playing practice matches.
Gilchrist gave victory
Australia last won the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in India in 2004-05 under the leadership of Adam Gilchrist. He reached a position to win the series by winning the first Test match in Pune in 2017, but the Virat Kohli-led Indian team made a spectacular comeback to win the series 2–1. Australia then practiced hard for 10 days on specially prepared pitches at the ICC Academy in Dubai. He spent 9 days in India before the first test in Pune.
Macdonald indicated that he would go to India with a large team. He hoped that bowling leader Mitchell Starc and all-rounder Cameron Green would be fully fit before the tour of India. He said that yes, I am sure that Green will be fully fit by then. We think he will be ready to play in the first Test. Players like Peter Handscomb, Mitchell Swepson and Todd Murphy can also be included in the squad for the tour.
FIRST PUBLISHED : January 01, 2023, 13:23 IST