Elated by his team’s impressive display in the first Test against Sri Lanka, Australian skipper Pat Cummins said his team’s experience of playing in the island nation will help them prepare better for the India series next year.
The world’s number one Test team is scheduled to travel to India early next year to take part in a four-match Test series. Australia last toured India in 2017 but failed to seal the series despite winning the opening Test.
“Now that we’ve won a few games, we can look forward. We’ve had Marnus (Labuschagne), Travis Head, Cam Green, Alex Carey, who haven’t played Test matches in conditions that have spun this much. We have a big series next year in India, so this can really help develop and fast-track our batters. If you want to be the number one Test team in the world, you’ve got to be winning overseas,” Cummins was quoted as saying.
“Swepson hasn’t played on wickets like this before, so you absolutely learn so much from these tours. Fortunately, we’ll be learning at the same time as having a win. It’s part of the environment that we are trying to create,” he added.
Australia has not won a Test series in India since 2004, going down 0-2, 0-2, 0-4, and 1-2 in their last four visits. But they will hope to end the 19-year drought next year following a series victory in Pakistan and a 10-wicket win against Sri Lanka on Friday.