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Will the two-Test series in India prove to be enough preparation for Australia ahead of the Ashes?

Friday, October 08, 2021
Shirin Sadikot

Brett Lee
said that the heart-breaking loss to India in the Mohali Test will be a blessing in disguise for Australia. He thinks the defeat will harden Ponting’s men and inspire them to come all guns blazing in the Ashes.

The fact that the second Test in Bangalore is the last five-day game for Australia before they host traditional rivals England in November, doesn’t leave them will too many opportunities to iron out their flaws before their battle to regain the urn begins.

Ponting is still getting out to the pull shot. Cheaply. Doug Bollinger’s body is reacting to the rigours of the Champions League Twenty20, while Michael Hussey contemplates expressing his concerns over the tight scheduling to Cricket Australia. The other pace duo of Johnson and Hilfenhaus failed to clean up India’s tail on a fifth day track.

But on the other hand, despite being a much more inexperienced side as compared to the star-studded Indian team, Australia showed immense character in taking the Mohali Test to the tenterhooks. The batting of Shane Watson and Tim Paine was the biggest positive for the visitors. But how much will these runs on the flat Indian pitches count for as they face the England bowlers in complete diverse conditions? Also, with Brad Haddin confident of recovering from his injury in time for the Ashes, Paine is almost sure to miss out.

With the injuries, recoveries, lack of form and lack of match-preparation in similar conditions, do you think Australia will go into the Ashes fully prepared? Write in your views.