October 6, 2008

Against all odds

From stocking crates of bottled water and energy drinks to popping stomach-lining tablets before their meals, Australian cricketers are doing all they can to beat the heat in India as they prepare to take on Anil Kumble’s men in a gruelling Test series. John Peirik in the Sunday Telegraph offers the visitors a survival guide to the perils of India.

Dealing with the stifling conditions is the top priority. Litres of Gatorade have been ordered along with crates of bottled water will also be used. Players will also have their own individually marked water bottles. Drinks and towels are left in Eskies at fine leg and third man for the bowlers.

Stuart Karppinen, who has the tough job of ensuring the Australian players are at peak physical fitness, has chalked out individual specialist programmes at training. Hotel gyms are also going to be a big help, with opening batsman Matthew Hayden being a self-confessed gym junkie.

Shane Watson pops a stomach-lining tablet before every meal to prevent sickness. Unfortunately, it hasn't stopped him from picking up a chest virus. While bottled water is a must, the Australians have also stocked up on various dried fruits, muesli and energy bars.