Australians practicing at the Brabourne Stadium ahead of their tour match against India A. (Getty Images)
New Delhi: Steve Smith and his boys’ hopes of using the warm-up game against India ‘A’ in Mumbai to get accustomed to turning tracks have been squashed as the Indian team management has asked for a wicket that will be on the greener side.
“We have asked for a slightly greener wicket as we don’t want them to get a feel of turners from the word go. Yes, the nature of Indian wickets is such that there will definitely be turn, but that won’t have an overbearing effect on the game,” he revealed.
Asked if it was a deliberate attempt as the likes of Virat Kohli and Co have often complained of the same treatment when the Indian team goes on tour, he said: “Exactly. I think there is nothing wrong in such a demand. Even when the Indian team goes to play in say England or Australia, they are handed batting friendly tracks in the warm-up games and the wickets wear a completely different look when it comes to the Test matches.”
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He further added that there hasn’t been any other strategising as such and the boys have been asked to put their best foot forward.
“Also, the Australian team will look to make the most of this warm-up game, so there will be no holding back from their side. So, a good show against one of the top sides in world cricket is the main goal going into the game,” he said.