India in Australia 2011-12

India seek extra tour game in Australia

Nagraj Gollapudi

August 19, 2011

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The BCCI has asked Cricket Australia for an additional warm-up game during India's tour in December. India are currently scheduled to play only one four-day tour game, against the CA Chairman's XI in Canberra, from December 18.

"We are considering the request and it is work in progress," a CA spokesperson said. "You've got to understand that scheduling is a three-dimensional exercise and it is always difficult to make any changes once things are finalised. But we have always had cordial relations with the BCCI and we should be able to find a way."

Scheduling is, however, likely to be an issue. India have a full series - three Tests and five ODIs - against the visiting West Indies pencilled in between October 29, when they end a home series against England, and that match in Canberra.

The main problem for CA, which had announced its schedule for the 2011-12 home season three days ago, is likely to be the Big Bash League. Australia's domestic Twenty20 competition starts on December 16 and, with players from all six Australian states participating in the eight-team competition, India may have to play a second-string side for the extra warm-up.

India's request comes on the back of a humiliating defeat in the ongoing Test series in England. They trail 0-3 in the series and are in danger of suffering their first 0-4 loss since then tour of Australia in 1991-92, There has been sharp criticism of the team's preparation for the series, in which the No. 1 Test ranking was at stake, from within the BCCI and the media. MS Dhoni, the India captain, and Duncan Fletcher, the coach, have indirectly admitted that one reason India were struggling in English conditions was because they did not have enough to acclimatise.

The late request to CA for an additional warm-up is another example of the lack of planning in the BCCI. Before the 2010-11 tour of South Africa, Gary Kirsten, who was coach at the time, had to press his case to ensure some of the Test players arrived a few weeks early to prepare for the series. Kirsten had sent his request about eight months ahead of the tour but the BCCI granted him permission only at the very last minute.

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by Lord_Dravid on (August 20, 2011, 14:56 GMT)

Firstly why do peiple think playing england in england would be the same for india playing australia in australia? They are too different teams with different conditions and and india have consistently challenged australia in the last decade! India is still a strong team and they should have played far better than they are now if it wasnt for injuries, fatigue and lsck of preparation which hampered the team (blame bcci for that) . December is a long way away and india can definately regroup and take their strongest team to australia and beat them and they will if no injuries occur and they get in a few practice mathes in. Just because they doing badly in england for factors that are mostly beyong their control, let me tell all english fans and those who are critical of the indian team that one swallow dosent make a summer!!

Posted by   on (August 20, 2011, 7:21 GMT)

hahahah they are learning, then. Slowly but the first step is the biggest.

Posted by Percy_Fender on (August 20, 2011, 7:17 GMT)

I wish the BCCI sends an India A team alongside the national one when they are touring Australia, South Africa or England in future. I remember Vinoo Mankad and Madan Lal having been pulled out of their Lancashire League committments to play for India when there were injuries or loss of form. I think this should be the rule not an exception.This is what they should do when India tours Australia later in the year.If they can manage this for the Australian tour, the India A team should ideally go to Australia in early November. Of the many players available then in Australia, replacements can be found without any problem. I wonder if this can be done at this late hour but if can be it would be tremendous. The BCCI and the CA have a fairly good relationship because of the areas they have agreed upon in the past. They too were beaten out of sight by England in the Ashes.The latest point for HIgh Fives between BCCI and CA is the ouster of Greg Chappell.The sad part is that Greg is a legend.

Posted by AvidCricFan on (August 20, 2011, 0:23 GMT)

At the rate Indian bowling and batting is going, 10 warm up games may not be enough. India needs to start transition plan to groom and induct new talent. It looks like the shelf life of Indian pacers is only 3-5 years. After that they loose speed and become toothless. RP, Irfan, and Sreesanth are good examples.

Posted by Elahi1986 on (August 19, 2011, 22:48 GMT)

finally no indian fans supporting india.........cummon guys did u all watch aus vs sl 3rd odi wht a game it was....i hv notice whn ever sl want to win thy win some how thts how india should also play with a winning courage....

Posted by Elahi1986 on (August 19, 2011, 22:47 GMT)

finally no indian fans supporting india.........cummon guys did u all watch aus vs sl 3rd odi wht a game it was....i hv notice whn ever sl want to win thy win some how thts how india should also play with a winning courage....

Posted by NairUSA on (August 19, 2011, 18:41 GMT)

Not a bad idea. Maybe, this will give some extra acclimatization that India needs in Australia. Hope this is the start of proper planning than a series of knee jerk reactions. Special attention should be given to have a match fit bench strength too.

Posted by bumsonseats on (August 19, 2011, 18:40 GMT)

i know england enjoyed the pretest extra games before the main event starts but if the aussies 2nds get the better of india then i can see the 2 - 0 series in for the aussies. dpk

Posted by   on (August 19, 2011, 18:19 GMT)

Finally, BCCI has taken preparation for a tour seriously. Good sense prevails.

Posted by Mcgrath-Dravid-Flintoff on (August 19, 2011, 17:46 GMT)

warm up wont make a difference. look at this test series 1st- lost by 150 odd runs. 2nd- by about 320 runs and 3rd- by innings and 250 runs. is india the new kenya?

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