Glenn McGrath, a legendary Australian pacer, believes that playing a Test series in India next year will be the ultimate test for Pat Cummins and his team.
McGrath also praised Australia’s recent Test performances in Pakistan and Sri Lanka, claiming the team has begun to grasp subcontinental conditions.
Australia will tour India as part of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in February-March 2023, with the goal of winning the series in a country where they have never won since a 2-1 victory in October-November 2004.
The Australian Team Have Got A Better Understanding Of Subcontinent Conditions In Recent Times: Glenn McGrath
The team won a three-match Test series in Pakistan 1-0 in March before drawing a two-match Test series in Sri Lanka 1-1 in July.
“Obviously the single biggest challenge for Australia is coming to India, performing well and winning the series. We were lucky enough to do it in 2004. You’ve got to come up with good plans, the batsmen have to learn to adapt on turning pitches and the bowlers have to learn to bowl in those conditions.”
“I think with IPL, a lot of players have been over here (in India) regularly and have hence experienced the conditions. The current Australian team, evident from their showings in Sri Lanka and Pakistan, are starting to get a better understanding of how to play on subcontinent wickets. That being said, India is still the ultimate challenge. I think they’re up for it,” McGrath was quoted as saying by cricket.com.
You just need to come up with a plan that works. Pitches in Australia are quicker and bouncier so you can bowl those good areas. The secret is still having control, bowling outside off-stump or just outside. The length will obviously be different so it’s about adapting to the lengths”, McGrath added.
Australia have lost the last 3 Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2-1.