Australia’s assistant coach Andrew McDonald has said that they are fully prepared to participate in the marquee Ashes 2021-22 series, and there will be no excuses from their end, and they are expecting the same thing from Joe Root-led England National Cricket Team.
The marquee five-Test Ashes 2021-22 series is all set to begin from December 8 at the iconic Gabba, Brisbane, and the Ashes finale will be played at the Perth Stadium from January 14.
Also, Australia will be heading into the series with their newly appointed captain Pat Cummins, the first pacer to captain Australia in Tests since Ray Lindwall in 1956. Former Skipper Steve Smith has also made a comeback in the leadership role, and he will be deputy of Cummins in Tests.
It Was Always Going To Be A Shortened Prep And Less Than Ideal Switching Formats – Andrew McDonald
The Australian coach said that switching formats is always tough for players, but he feels that it’s important to adapt to conditions quickly for modern-day cricketers.
“I think with we’ve made the best of what we’ve had. It was always going to be a shortened prep, and less than ideal switching formats and quarantine and all that stuff. But I think the art of the modern-day cricketer is to be able to adapt to that. There’ll be no excuses from our end and I’m sure there’ll be no excuses from England’s end either,” McDonald stated, as quoted by news.com.au.
McDonald further added that despite challenging weather conditions, they are having a very good preparation, and all the players are ready to face the challenge. He asserted:
“We’ve had fantastic facilities up here. The weather’s been challenging at times but we’ve still been able to get out into the centre. Also, these guys have got a lot of Test experience to draw upon. So changing formats is something that they’ve been able to deal with across their careers. I think we’ll be really, really, really well-prepared.”
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