Melbourne: Australia chief selector John Inverarity believes that the Champions League Twenty20, starting in South Africa on Saturday, is adversely affecting the team's Test preparations ahead of the series against South Africa next month.
Team's star players such as: World Twenty20 Player-of-the-Tournament Shane Watson, Mike Hussey, Brad Haddin, David Warner, Ben Hilfenhaus, Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins will be competing in the CLT20 for their respective teams. Because of that these players will only play one Sheffield Shield match before the first Test against South Africa, starting on November 9.
"It is anything but an ideal preparation," Inverarity told The Herald Sun. "You just have to do your best but having the Champions League where it is now is not in the best interests of good preparation for the first Test."
Inverarity said pacer Cummins would be used sparingly during the series. "For some time you will not see him play three Tests in a row," Inverarity said.