Shas­tri wants prac­tice games for In­dia ahead of Aus­tralia tests

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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.

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