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‘Aussie tour of India ideal’

AUSTRALIAN batsman Michael Hussey considers India the toughest country to tour and says the October series here is ideal preparation for his team’s fourth World Cup title defence next year.

The World Cup would be jointly hosted by India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh from February next year and Hussey feels his three-time champion team would benefit by playing here in the run-up to the showpiece event.
“India is the hardest place for Australia to tour. In India, the pitches are difficult, the conditions are hard…the heat and humidity, it’s tough,” Hussey said.
“I actually feel there will be a lot of positives about going to India for three Tests and a couple of one-dayers , particularly the Tests. As soon as we get there, we will spend as much time as possible to get used to the conditions. We will try to adapt as quickly as possible and that will hold us in good stead,” he said.
“We generally play good cricket in India and that will give us the confidence. We will have to be patient on the flat pitches and against the spin of Harbhajan Singh. I think facing him will also prepare us for facing Graeme Swann in the Ashes series. The India tour and the Ashes after that will condition us for the World Cup’s high-pressure situations,” he added.
The 35-year-old left-hander expects the two Tests and three one-dayers against India to be hard-fought and despite their inconsistent performances of late, he rated Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s men as tough competitors.
“I think they have got a good team in both forms of the game. The have got a great blend now. Some very good youngsters are coming up, so we are expecting a tough fight from them. I think, not just this series, even at the World Cup, they would be among the favourites in home conditions because they have got a good blend,” he explained. –– Timesofindia.

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