Usman Khawaja and Ian Healy not happy with India’s preparations

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Ian Healy and Usman Khawaja have slammed India for not giving them sufficient preparations.

As the Border-Gavaskar Trophy inches closer, Australia is leaving no stone unturned to disrupt India.

Recently Usman Khawaja and former Australia wicketkeeper, Ian Healy have fired shots at India for the same.

Khawaja has stated that it is pointless to play a warm-up game in India because the pitch conditions differ greatly.

Have you ever been pre-tour with us (Australia)? They can be spinning wickets when we play but we go to the practice matches and they are green Gabba-like wickets out there (in India), so what’s the point.

Now, Ian Healy has seconded Khawaja’s statement and says that Australia never receives proper facilities in India.

We’ve gathered our spinners in Sydney for strategic talks (on replica India surfaces)…we no longer trust that the requested facilities will be provided for a nation.

Adds Healy,

We’ve been part of this shenanigan too by the way…when we’re over (in England) we spend our time whinging about weakened County teams that England put up as our opposition before the series.

Moreover, Healy says that he is not very happy with the idea of having two separate pitches.

Our focus in cricket has shifted from creating opportunities and experiences for our best up and coming cricketers…now we deny touring teams quality preparation before very highly anticipated series and I don’t like it.

Adds Healy,

It’s disappointing to watch such dismantling of trust between cricket’s nations and it needs to stop.

Australia’s disappointing outings vs India and England

Meanwhile, Australia has not even won any Test series against India and England when touring the two countries.

In India, Australia last won a Test series in 2004-05, and in England in 2001.

But, now they will have a mindset to change and win an away Test series in India.

Says Healy,

Touring teams seem to all struggle these days and here we go again, we’re going to India without a whole lot of Indian practice under our belts, let alone England later in the year where we haven’t won since 2001.

But, Healy is open to the idea of a practice match in-between the series.

In India, they’re (Australia) hoping everything will click and the squad freshens up with net practice…our coaching staff are content with this and I’ll trust them for now. I would, however, like t see a tour match between the second and third Test in India…I’d love to see a three-day game so that our seven reserves (in the 18-man squad) we’ve got over there can have a good hit out.

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