The Indian Premier League (IPL) is a good manner for Indian and Australian gamers to warm-up for their upcoming Test collection on the finish of the yr, commentator and former Australia captain Ian Chappell stated on Sunday. The IPL is ready to start out on September 19 and whereas the Indian gamers shall be enjoying in it from the start, Australia and England gamers are anticipated to affix barely later within the season following the conclusion of the continuing ODI collection between the 2 sides.
“In the case of the Indian players, and some of the Australians, they will at least have some challenging IPL cricket in the lead-up to the December series,” Chappell wrote in his column for ESPNCricinfo.
“While this may not seem like ideal preparation for a tough Test series in Australia, it’s worth recalling the thoughts of former England batsman Ravi Bopara in 2009.
“After a stint within the IPL, Bopara was requested on return to England if this was acceptable preparation for a Test match. He responded by saying that “looking to score at every opportunity gets your feet moving positively”. He proved his level emphatically by scoring back-to-back centuries towards West Indies.”
Bopara scored 138 runs in the five matches he played for the Kings XI Punjab in the 2009 season before withdrawing from the team to join England for their series against the West Indies. The hosts enjoyed innings victories in the two Test matches with Bopara scoring a centuries (143 in first Test and 108 in second Test) in both the innings that he batted in.
“The Indian gamers may nicely undertake this angle for a collection in Australia that can impression the Border-Gavaskar trophy, the World Test Championship, and their private satisfaction,” said Chappell.
“It’s unlikely India may have the posh of lead-up matches towards robust opposition. More seemingly it will likely be intra-squad video games, which will be useful if choice is considered and pits good bowlers towards equally proficient batsmen. The draw back is the quick bowlers are sometimes cautious of injuring their very own gamers.”
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