India in Australia 2011-12 October 5, 2011

India to play two tour matches in Australia

ESPNcricinfo staff

India will play two warm-up matches ahead of the first Test of their tour of Australia later this year, the BCCI and Cricket Australia [CA] have announced. Both games will be played in Canberra, leading up to the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne.

The first warm-up game will be a two-day match against a CA Chairman's XI starting on December 15 at the Manuka Oval, while the second will be a three-day game from December 19 at the same venue, against the same opposition.

In August, the BCCI had asked CA for an additional warm-up game during the tour. Previously, India were scheduled to play a four-day tour game from December 18. The request was made in the aftermath of the disastrous tour of England - following India's 0-4 whitewash, severe criticism was directed towards the Indian board with regards to the team's preparation.

India play four Tests and two Twenty20s against Australia, followed by a tri-series that also includes Sri Lanka. The tour two matches will be a part of the inaugural 'Festival of Cricket' in Canberra, which will run from December 4 to 21. The festival also features a Sheffield Shield game from December 6 to 9 and a Ryobi One-Day Cup match.

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  • Nagaraju on October 7, 2011, 10:01 GMT

    Aus 2 -- Ind 1 ....I guess...

  • Ashok on October 6, 2011, 21:16 GMT

    My advise to BCCI & the Selectors is to pick 20 players in the squad and let them arrive in the Australia 4 weeks before the first test or ODI, which ever is the first one. Let them set up a camp, say @ Sydney, and practice on a daily basis with all conditioning exercises & physio where needed. 5 Seamers + 4 spinners + 2 WK's. Other 9 batsmen incl. Allrounders. The idea of having extra players is to avoid call ups due to injuries. It is a long and tedious process to get visa for the players which eliminates timely replacements for injured players. Separate T-20 squad is needed. Having 20 in the squad also allows scratch matches within the team itself, if needed. 4 weeks advance arrival ensures (a) for team to jell as a unit (b) Prep. time incl. getting into shape, away from home distractions (c) planning their tactics.This is one way of ensuring fit & well prepared team & avoiding the scenes from the England trip.One or 2 practice matches won't make as much difference as early arrival.

  • Dummy4 on October 6, 2011, 3:11 GMT

    a 2 day game and a 3 day game,still inadequate but better than could have been two 3 day games or a 3 day game and a 4 day game.for all our "frog in the well" neighbors:just because india were whitewashed 4-0 in england and failed to win a single odi doesn't make them the worst team overnight and your teams as world beaters.alright,they did play "soft" cricket to goof up the first 2 tests and failed to avoid an innings defeat at the oval.but it must be agreed that luck also did not favor them.for the record,when was the last time pak won a test in australia or a test series in england?have sri lanka ever won a series in england or a test in australia?

  • Kuldeep on October 6, 2011, 1:30 GMT

    This is silly. Canberra is not a Test Match venue. 2 days game means nothing. India will lose 4-0.

  • david on October 5, 2011, 17:34 GMT

    Man what vision from BCCI two games back to back,just in time for some of there players to drop a couple of pounds and get used to the conditions what a brilliant idea from a side that takes touring seriously,and then i came back to reality.

  • Umar on October 5, 2011, 14:25 GMT

    Matches against CA Chairman's XI are usually a joke. I don't think India will benefit from them.

  • g on October 5, 2011, 14:13 GMT

    Dhoni's reason after they lose the first test in Aus: "Well, ofcourse, our players were tired after 2 back to back practice matches. We needed rest but unfortunately that didn't happen." ;-)

  • Subba on October 5, 2011, 13:34 GMT

    This should be an easy tour for India. India is quite used to beating Australia and the Oz bowlers are nowhere near England's calibre. Worry about Australia instead.

  • Piyush on October 5, 2011, 12:40 GMT

    A 2 day game and a 3 day game against same oposition, No Australia A or Boards President team, Is BCCI just trying to do a formality.

  • Bis on October 5, 2011, 12:25 GMT

    One extra day's practice on the same pitch against the same opposition - wow the BCCI certainly is a tough negotiatorl! Bet they really had to pressurise the ABC to force that concession out of them! Watch out for more tough decisions made when it comes to selection - maybe they will pick one new player to gain experience in the 5 days of the practice matches. Actually that is the other side of the coin of not having what are now disparaged as "practice matches" but at one time were referred to as "first class matches" - you don't get the chance to blood promising young players and see how they perform in alien conditions. What would have been wrong in starting the tour one week earlier and getting two 3 day matches in? Other than losing a couple of million quid revenue from a T20 match here or there? What exactly is the oder of priorities? When India got to no:1 in the test rankings the BCCI suddenly decided to have lots more test series. But this didn't extend to tour matches......

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