The much-anticipated meeting between the Committee of Administrators (CoA) and the Indian team management on Wednesday reportedly ‘went well’. And according to mid-day, India’s upcoming tour of Australia was the focus of the meeting.
As per reports, India are confirmed to play two warm-up matches in Australia. However, the BCCI is looking at the possibility of playing three tour games of four-day duration.
Team India received a lot of flak in South Africa and England for not undergoing a good amount of preparation. And the pressure on them only increased when they ended up losing both the series. The world number one side managed to win just two of eight games they played in South Africa and England. In South Africa, they lost the series 2-1 before losing by 4-1 in England.
And many think that the lack of warm-up games was one of the reasons behind the team’s poor performance.
The team opted to skip the one-off warm-up match ahead of the three-Test series in South Africa in January in favour of high-intensity training sessions. Not surprisingly, the lack of preparation was clearly visible as India lost the series. Kohli & Co. did play one in England. But what was initially an official first-class game, turned into a glorified practice session in the name of warm-up game with all 18 players taking part.
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The report further claimed that India’s Test batsmen will travel to New Zealand and Australia, “well in advance” in order to get used to the conditions. Not only that, the players will also work closely with India ‘A’ coach Rahul Dravid during their stay in New Zealand.
India will take on Australia in three T20Is, four Tests and three ODIs. The series will start off with the shortest format, with the first T20I to be played at The Gabba on November 21, 2018.
After the three-match T20I series, the two teams will compete in a four-Test series.
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Adelaide opens the Test summer against India on December 6 in a blockbuster Border-Gavaskar Trophy series. The Perth Stadium will host its first Test match when India visit for the second Border-Gavaskar match, before the series moves back to Melbourne and Sydney for the traditional Boxing Day and New Year’s games respectively.