Sydney. Former captain Michael Clarke on Tuesday criticized the Australian team’s policy for the upcoming Test series against India, saying he does not understand why they have opted not to play warm-up matches to prepare for the difficult Indian conditions. Australia’s Test team will fly to India next week, giving them only a few days to prepare ahead of the Border-Gavaskar series, which begins in Nagpur on February 9.
“That’s the part I don’t understand,” Clarke was quoted as saying on the Big Sports Breakfast by Fox Sports. There is no warm-up match before the opening Test in India. I hope I’m proven wrong, but I think this is going to be important.
It is one thing to bat in those conditions in ODI cricket and T20 cricket, it is very difficult to bat in Indian conditions in Test cricket.
“The way you play in Australia, you need a completely different plan, the way you open your innings against spin bowling, the way you play reverse swing, the Australian season,” he said. We didn’t see any reverse swing, matches were over in two, three days.
So reverse swing is going to play a big role in India, he added. There is every possibility that India will give at least two spinners a chance in the match, so it is a completely different match.
Clarke said it would be difficult for Australia’s batsmen to open the innings if they haven’t spent enough time in Indian conditions.
You need to bat in the best possible conditions (in India) because after that, if you haven’t grown up playing in those conditions, it’s very difficult to start your innings,” Clarke said on Tuesday.
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