Jaipur, Sept.25 : India is starting to feel like cricket's new home, said Australian batsman Micahel Hussey, who is currently touring with the Australian team here.
Fox Sports quoted Hussey as saying that the country feels like cricket's new home - something borne out by the number of visits he and his teammates are now making, whether it is for the national team, the IPL or the domestic Twenty20 Champions League that will be sandwiched between Australia's two-Test home series this summer.
His comments came as India's financial clout was underlined by the announcement of another massive operating profit for the BCCI, up 46 per cent on last year off the back of the wildly successful first Indian Premier League. Hussey also delivered a firm warning to India, saying if they think they will beat the Australians with experience alone they will be sorely mistaken.
India are positively buzzing with expectations of a Test series victory over the team captained by Ricky Ponting, and Anil Kumble has spoken of a "brilliant opportunity'' to send the tourists home with their tails between their legs.
On paper, the hype has plenty of merit, particularly when names like Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid are lined up against an Australia attack that will need to rely on the unheralded likes of wrist spinner Bryce McGain.
Hussey, though, said the Australians were hardened cricketers to a man, and by the time of the first Test in Bangalore next month, they would be battle hardened and use to the conditions.