Australian Players In IPL 2020 Expected To Be Fit For India Tests: Tim Paine
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Australian Players In IPL 2020 Expected To Be Fit For India Tests: Tim Paine

Virat Kohli, Steve Smith
Steve Smith and Virat Kohli. (Credits: Web)

Australia captain Tim Paine will be looking to get the monkey off his back when India tour Down Under. His start as a Test captain against India did not turn out to be a happening one as the visitors clinched their first win in the longest format Down Under. Paine, however, is better prepared for the Test series against India in December.

Australian players like Steve Smith, David Warner, Marcus Stoinis, Pat Cummins are currently a part of the IPL 2020 in UAE. The IPL 2020 will conclude on November 10, following which the players will get a short time to prepare for the India series.

Pat Cummins, KKR, IPL 2020
Pat Cummins (Credits: IPLT20)

Tim Paine believes Australian players will be fit for Test series against India

Australia Test captain Tim Paine said that their is no real concern about the players as they have transferred from white-ball to red-ball and from test cricket to Twenty20 cricket. He believes that his teammates will thus be prepared to play the Test series against India.

“These are guys that have transferred from white-ball to red-ball, from test cricket to Twenty20 cricket, within a matter of days,” Tim Paine said.

“It’s never been an issue and we wouldn’t expect it to be.”

Tim Paine
Tim Paine. Credit: Getty Images

India’s tour Down Under is the most-anticipated series’ for Cricket Australia after the pandemic situation has hit the normal schedule. The board has made special arrangements for the series, including the bio-bubble, as the traditional four-Test series will help them to recover from the losses due to non-commencement of matches.

According to the original schedule, the first of four-match series between Australia and India will get underway from December 3 in the bio-bubble. The final Test will conclude on January 7, 2021 which will be followed with a three-match ODI series. However, the official schedule still needs to be announced.