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Australia vs India Test Series, Nagpur Stadium Watered After losing the first Test, the Australians were unable to train, the latest news

Australia’s attempt to find out more about the Nagpur stadium where they had been humiliated during the first Test was hampered by the ground staff.

The tourists had hoped to practice on the surface at VCA Stadium to make up for the early result of losing an innings.

However, they were forced to cancel a session hours earlier when it was revealed that the field had heated up just hours after play finished on the third day.

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The Australians had requested that the stadium be kept intact so that they could practice again immediately after the loss on Saturday. Either there was a miscommunication or the request was ignored.

Australia hoped to study the Nagpur stadium more.  (Photo by Indranil Mukherjee/AFP)
Australia hoped to study the Nagpur stadium more. (Photo by Indranil Mukherjee/AFP)Source: Agence France-Presse

Australian coach Andrew McDonald told SEN that the session was not “rolling the hooligan lad” but an attempt to learn more about the “rough” conditions.

“Obviously isn’t it, their intentions with the surfaces they want to play on. We were expecting that to come as I said before, we were really clear about what we were expecting,” he said.

“When we got here we got exactly that. They’re not a bad boy today (the planned session). We have a big squad of 17 players so there are different people on different training programmes.

“There will be a couple of players from the game who will come down, so they will show up in training. But it’s definitely not a naughty boy net, it’s just getting ready for the next game.”

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The Australians flew out left-handed Matt Kuhneman after the First Test, replacing Mitch Swebson who is heading home for the birth of his baby, with multiple possible changes on the cards for the Second Test in Delhi.

Among the discussions was the disposal of David Warner and the reinstatement of Travis Head, surprisingly dropped for the First Test, but as an opener.

The Border-Gavaskar Cup Series continues on Thursday.


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