Preperation a concern for Australia before India series

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Sydney, Aug 17 (UNI) With uncertainty looming large over the participation of its players in the Champions Trophy in Pakistan, Cricket Australia (CA) is trying to ensure that missing the prestigious tournament will not leave the squad under prepared for the Indian tour in October.

However, if the International Cricket Council (ICC) is not able to convince the CA to play in Pakistan, then the Australians will be left short of match practice before taking on Anil Kumble's boys on the field, as only one tour match is scheduled before the first Test in Bangalore on October 9.

Meanwhile, Australian fast bowler Stuart Clark is all set to go early to India to prepare for the series.

''Its always hard going to India, you really need to go there and familiarise yourself with the country, the wickets and the conditions,'' Clark was quoted as saying by a leading newspaper here.

''Its all good and well to train here but the conditions are so different sometimes that if we go a few days early that wouldnt bother me because I think it will be very important for my preparation to get acclimatised to those conditions," he stated.

When asked to comment his wards' readiness to jump into action and adapt to sub-continental conditions while boycotting the Champions Trophy, Coach Tim Nielsen said, ''Were looking at it. At the moment the Champions Trophy is still going ahead, so we can only plan as if that is going to happen.'' The coach further added, ''The ideal situation wont be that we go to Darwin for One-dayers then home for two-and-a-half weeks then go to India. We wil certainly have some other things on the go if CA does not send team to Pakistan.'' UNI XC PY AB CS1815

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