Anticipation of another historic test series.

The test-match series between Men in blue and kangaroos will kick off from Thursday in Nagpur.

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Anticipation of another historic test series.
Indian and Australian Captain

When Australia tour India, the build-up is massive with the anticipation of another great Test series. The last few matches have shown that the hype is for real. The first test match of Border-Gavaskar Trophy will begin in Nagpur next Thursday. 

Captain Pat Cummins and his team left no stone unturned in their preparations. They had a camp in Sydney, where Indian pitchers were simulated. And after touching down in India, they have spent some rigorous hours, facing local spinners and others at the KSCA Stadium in Alur, near here. 

"It is a big series. One of the reasons is because India gets a lot of attention anytime you play against them, but also, their record here is good. It is always a tough tour for overseas teams- to come here and win", Cummins said. 

But head coach Andrew McDonald is also aware about India being a different challenge altogether. " To have experienced that (playing in Pakistan and Sri Lanka), it should hold us in good stead here. The challenge is going to be there but we feel as though the flat conditions, we have experienced that, the spin conditions and we also have trained accordingly. All be it, till we get onto the ground, that will be the proof of how prepared we are and how we execute and deal with other pressures, which come in around the game", the coach said. 

"I wouldn't say picking two spinners is a given. Obviously, it is conditions dependent, particularly this first Test. Once we get to Nagpur, we will see. I think sometimes when talking about a couple of spinners, you forget how good a lot of our fast bowlers have been in all conditions, " Said Cummins".

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