Image of Australia’s practice ground for Test series against India.©Twitter
The Border-Gavaskar Trophy – Test series between India and Australia – is about to kick off on February 9 with the first match at Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Nagpur. Wary of the spider threat against India, the guests prepare in the best way possible to meet the challenge. The Australian team is practicing on worn pitches — surfaces expected to be offered to them during the four-match test series against India. Photos of the training field are now going viral on social media and netizens are amazed at the time Australia spent preparing for the engagement.
Three pitches in the center of the main ground in Alur have been prepared by the local Karnataka State Cricket Association for practice, Cricket Australia informed, adding that the pitches will offer more turns as practice progresses.
Here’s the photo shared by cricket.com.au:
Here’s how the netizens reacted to it:
The spin pitch used by Australia to practice for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. #INDvsAUS #CricketTwitter pic.twitter.com/kEvJHp2JOm
— Himanshu Pareek (@Sports_Himanshu) January 29, 2023
Australia’s training begins, Australia’s tour of India is underway #INDvAUS at Alur Cricket Ground KSCA #CricketTwitter pic.twitter.com/oQA76NtsBz
— Koushik HS (@hs_koushik) February 2, 2023
Australia’s training grounds at Alur ahead of the Test series. (Source – Cricket Australia) pic.twitter.com/V4Xif64MLB
— Jans. (@CricCrazyJohns) February 3, 2023
Meanwhile, Australian batsmen have been practicing against Ravichandran Ashwin’s “duplicate” Mahesh Pithiya, who has been flown to Bengaluru by the tour team as a net bowler to negate the Indian off-spinner threat.
Australia has already prepared some pitches similar to the kind of wickets that would be prepared in the actual Test series, and is practicing playing Pithiya, hoping to get used to the kind of impact Ashwin could have on such wickets.
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