India will tour Australia in December-January for four tests and three ODIs.© AFP
Former Australian captain Ian Chappell says the IPL 2020 will be a good practice for players in India ahead of their highly anticipated series Down Under in December. Indian and international cricketers – including several Australians – are currently in the United Arab Emirates ahead of the virus-delayed Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020, which kicks off September 19.
The coronavirus pandemic halted major sporting events around the world, forcing players indoors and unable to train with the teammates.
Due to virus concerns, India is unlikely to have test matches before touring Australia for four tests and three one-day internationals in December-January.
“With location bubbles, isolation rules, social distance and some changes in playing conditions, adapting to the international competition is a challenge for players,” Chappell wrote on the Cricinfo website.
“It’s made life difficult and different, even in a team environment, but imagine the individual’s dilemma in enforced isolation with an impending tour.”
But those cricketers participating in the T20 competition are at least having “a challenging IPL cricket” leading up to the series, Chappell added.
Chappell cited the example of former English batsman Ravi Bopara, who he says used IPL matches to improve his game. He continued to score for centuries on the West Indies tour in 2009.
The Border-Gavaskar trophy series is part of the ICC Test Championship, leading India ahead of Tim Paine’s Australia.
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