Tour Game Not Needed Before India Series, Insists Australia Head Coach Andrew McDonald


Australian head coach Andrew McDonald They are confident that their “no tour game” policy on overseas tours will serve them well in the four-match Test series in India in February-March. Australia is unlikely to play any tour matches before the Border-Gavaskar Trophy and will arrive in India just over a week before the first Test starting in Nagpur on February 9. The stress will be on maintaining mental and physical freshness rather than reaching too early. To play a warm-up game and acclimate to the conditions, McDonald said.

Australia are aiming for their first series win in India in 19 years. “We’ve had no tour games in the last couple of series before going overseas,” McDonald was quoted as saying in the Sydney Morning Herald.

“We feel like we don’t need to practice for that match. We’re going to India about a week after the first match. We didn’t want to put too much pressure on the preparation.

They won the three-match series 1-0 in Pakistan in March last year.

At the time, Australia’s batsmen built on stained pitches during a camp in Melbourne and arrived in Rawalpindi just a week before the first Test.

“We feel that seven days is enough time to prepare and ensure that we stay fresh for the entire four Test match series,” Macdonald said.

“We had some success doing that when we went to Pakistan. We had less time on the ground there.” This time, they have planned a three-day camp in Sydney for all the players not involved in the Big Bash League final before embarking on the grueling tour.

“We can be creative in our own conditions. We’ve done it before with the Pakistan build-up in Melbourne. Dusting the wickets. Fit for purpose.

“Working with local groundsmen who really help us in and around the country. We feel we can get as close to that as possible without a practice game.” The Aussies last won the Border-Gavaskar Trophy under India Adam Gilchrist In 2004-05.

In 2017, they came close to victory when they opened the tour with a first Test win in Pune, only to lose against them. Virat KohliLeading Aspects 1-2.

At the time, Australia underwent a grueling 10-day stint on tailor-made pitches at the ICC Academy in Dubai before spending nine days in India before the Pune game. Australia head coach Paes hinted at having a bigger squad in India with concerns about spearheads Mitchell Starc and all-rounder Cameron Greene“Yes, I am confident that he (Green) will be fit in the time frame given to me… The challenge will be to make sure that we can be creative in the way he trains to make sure his body commands.

“But we think with the medical team who did a fantastic job in the last match, we feel like we’re confident he’ll be ready for that first Test match.” choice of Peter Handscomb, Mitchell Swepson And Todd Murphy May also include tours.

Matt Renshaw There was some success before coming back to Test cricket,” said Macdonald.

“Pete Handscomb, no doubt, will probably consider himself unlucky not to be in that conversation for Sydney, but there is another one who is in the conversation coming back to Tests.

“We got Marcus Harris Also feel like we’ve got test experience in that depth. Some would say that the age profile is a bit older in them and potentially not as young, but we feel that experience is beneficial.

“Todd has put his hand up with the performances he has put on the board. Mitch Swepson has performed well in the subcontinent before.

“Sometimes the second spinner is not necessarily the best next spinner if that makes sense. It’s someone who complements what you have,” he added.

(This story was not edited by NDTV staff and was generated automatically from a syndicated feed.)

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