Shastri wants practice games for India ahead of Australia tests
MUMBAI: India coach Ravi Shastri has requested the BCCI to schedule practice matches ahead of their test series in Australia this year, but is not sure if additional fixtures can be inserted into a crammed schedule. India are keen to make amends following a 4-1 test series defeat in England where most of their batsmen struggled against the swinging ball in tough conditions.
"We have requested a couple of (warm-up) games in Australia before the test series. But is there space (to play those matches)? That is the question," he said.
India had shortened their lone warm-up clash against Essex before the England tests due to the heatwave in Britain. Media reports had speculated that the quality of the pitch led BCCI to curtail match, which Essex denied. Shastri said he was not averse to the idea of giving India's batsmen a better chance to adjust to conditions against tour sidesDown Under where they play three T20 internationals, four tests and three ODI against Australia starting Nov. 21.