Tuesday, October 20, 2009

India works up for series in opposition to Australia

Australia, India
Indian cricket team, which got hammered out in the first stage of the Champions Trophy in South Africa, started its preparations in seriously here today for the forthcoming seven-match ODI series against Australia.

Excluding Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir and Ishant Sharma, the other members of the team had a stint at the Mumbai Cricket Association's Bandra-Kurla Complex this afternoon.

Managing the preparation was Coach Gary Kirsten, who arrived in Mumbai this afternoon from South Africa. The Australian crew, led by Ricky Ponting, too reached the Indian shores today and is set to have a two-day practice session at the BKC from tomorrow in advance of the first ODI at Vadodara on October 25.

Both the teams are scheduled to leave for Vadodara on October 23. The other ODIs are scheduled at Nagpur (Oct 28), Delhi (Oct 31), Mohali (Nov 2), Hyderabad (Nov 5), Guwahati (Nov 8) and Mumbai (Nov 11).

Australia, who hold the Champions Trophy, had beaten India 4-2 (one match ending in no result) in the last ODI series played between the two sides in India two years ago.

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