India vs Australia: Steve Smith-led visitors focus in playing spin among others at nets
Bracing for a challenging Test series against India who are having a dream run, Australian players slogged it out in nets on Wednesday, two days after landing for the four-match rubber starting on 23 February at Pune.
Mumbai: Bracing for a challenging Test series against India who are having a dream run, Australian players slogged it out in nets on Wednesday, two days after landing for the four-match rubber starting on 23 February at Pune.
The visitors, after landing in the megapolis on Monday, had their first practice session at the Brabourne Stadium in South Mumbai.
Most of the batsmen, including left-handed David Warner, skipper Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell and Usman Khawja, practised in nets. The batsmen also focused on running between the wickets. Some of players also practised slip catching.
Fully aware they will face a potent spin attack on Indian pitches known to assist tweakers, the Aussies were seen playing spinners — local ones besides some delivers from their spin consultant Sridharan Sriram.
The Virat Kohli-led squad is on a roll, remaining unbeaten in the last 19 Tests and the team from Down Under is leaving no stone unturned in their preparation to stop the Indian juggernaut.
Team India has comprehensively beaten England, New Zealand and Bangladesh and are undefeated at home since 2012.
Before travelling to Pune, the tourists will take on India `A' in a three-day practice game at the same venue starting 17 February.
"It's a great challenge to play here in India. We know if we can pull something off and win a series here, we can look back at it in 10-20 years as some of the best times in our life. It's a great occasion to play here in India," Smith had said on Tuesday.
The first game in the series for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy is to be held at the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) Stadium in Pune, which is to host its first-ever Test, from 23-27 February, while the second match is to be held at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru from 4-8 March.
The last two Tests are to be staged in Ranchi (16-20 March) and Dharamshala (25-29 March), the two other centres which will be conducting Tests for the first time.
Coach Ramesh Powars aid it is high time India start scoring 250 consistently to compete with the likes of England and Australia.
Darcie Brown's 4/33 restricted India to 225/8 before the Australian top three rallied to guide their team to a crushing nine-wicket win.
Harmanpreet suffered the injury before the warm-up game against Australia on Saturday.