Australia to fly to Dubai ahead of Indian tour
Published - Dec 24, 2016 9:00 am | Updated - Dec 24, 2016 9:00 am
The Australia cricket team led by Steve Smith will fly to the United Arab Emirates capital city Dubai to play a host of practice games to get a feel of the subcontinental conditions ahead of their much-anticipated tour of India. A report from the Mirror suggests that the Aussies will play the UAE team and the Afghanistan side in a few practice matches before heading out to India.
The move certainly does not come as a surprise as the Australians have not been performing all that well in the Test match scene in recent times. This has seen back to back series defeats at the hands of Sri Lanka and South Africa. In spite of the fact that they have won the first Test against Pakistan, it seems quite clear that they were pushed to the limits
The Dubai detour will see Smith’s men take on the UAE team in a practice match in the Dubai area. Another four-day match against the Afghans is being planned at the moment. According to reports, the Aussies are scheduled to arrive here around February 8 and they are slated to play a four-day practice game in Mumbai before the first Test in Pune.
“Our Test specialists will fly to Dubai in the last week of January and those who will play One-dayers will join them after the three ODIs against New Zealand (on January 30, February 2 and 5). The idea is to avail the practice facilities at the ICC academy in Dubai,” CA spokesman said confirming the planned practice games against the local and Afghan teams. “We’re discussion with the CA for a four-day game against the Aussies. Hopefully, it will happen,” said Afghanistan Cricket Board CEO Shafique Asmat.
The Indians are on a high at the moment and certainly do not look as though they are going to lose any matches in the near future at home, to say the least.