Team Australia will tour India in February. On this tour, a 4 Test 3 ODI series will be played between Australia and India. The tour will begin with a series of 4 test matches. The first match of this series will be played in Nagpur from February 9. Prior to this Border-Gavaskar series, former Australia captain Steve Smith supported manager Andrew MacDonald on the matter of playing the practice match.
Speaking of this, Smith said: “Last time we went, I’m pretty sure they gave us a green roof to practice on and it doesn’t make sense. It would be better if we put spinners in our nets and bowl as much as possible. We will wait and see when we hit the ground. I think we have made the right decision not to play Tour matches.
He further said, “It is definitely huge. I don’t know if this is the final limit or not. India and England are our two opponents in the next six months, who are probably our biggest rivals as an Australian cricketer. We have some challenges ahead, but the players are ready for it. I have been to India twice, but I never won. In fact, it has been very difficult to play there.
The Australian team will arrive in India about five days before the first test match. Speaking of not playing practice matches, Australian manager Andrew McDonald said: “We haven’t played any tour matches in the last few series before going on overseas tours. We feel we don’t need that match practice. We will go to India a week before the first game. We didn’t want to put pressure on for too long in terms of preparation.”
He further said: “We have done this before with the creation of Pakistan in Melbourne. Dust the gates. Working with local ground crews who really help us in and around the country. We feel like we can get close to him without playing a scrimmage.