“We can be creative in our own conditions” – Andrew McDonald
By SMCS - Jan 2, 2023 7:41 pm
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Australia head coach Andrew McDonald said that his team would not need much time to adapt to conditions in India where the much-awaited Border-Gavaskar Trophy will take place from February 9 to March 13. However, ahead of Australia’s tour of India, McDonald added that his players would adjust themselves to the conditions as many experienced campaigners have played in India before as well.

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“No tour game is something we have done in the last few series, before embarking on overseas tours. We feel as though we don’t need that match practice as such. We are going to go to India about a week out from the first game,” Andrew McDonald said, as quoted by 7Cricket. “But we would prefer a centre wicket in India to go through some scenario training, and we feel as though with this experienced group also that have been there before, that they won’t need as long to adapt to the conditions.

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“We can be creative in our own conditions. We have done it before with the Pakistan build-up in Melbourne. Dusting up wickets. Fit for purpose. Working with the local groundsmen who really help us in and around the country. We feel as though we can get as close to that as possible without necessarily having a practice game,” Andrew McDonald added.

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However, he recently confirmed that all-rounder Cameron Green will be fit for the first Test against India as well. Green, along with Mitchell Starc, sustained finger injury during the second Test against South Africa as well.

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“I am confident that he will be fit in the time frame that has been given. The challenge will be to make sure that we can be creative in the way that he trains and make sure that his body is in order to mitigate if something else goes wrong, which can always happen when you’re coming back from an injury,” Andrew McDonald said to ESPNCricinfo.