Michael Clarke’s commentary replacements for India tour revealed

Clarke’s other major commentary role in recent times has been as part of the International Cricket Council’s pool of commentators for world cups, the next edition of which is the 50-over tournament in India in October and November.

The Australians, who depart for India from Tuesday, are set to spend five days in Bengaluru in training before the first Test in Nagpur, largely because the southern city has been deemed to provide the most suitable practice options ahead of the series.

Numerous past Australian tours of India and Sri Lanka in particular have been beset by inconsistencies between practice pitches and those used for Test matches: often, the training surfaces will be well-grassed, offering little in the way of spin, before the match strips turn square.

Over recent years, there has been plenty of discussion among Test nations and also at ICC level about the need for host countries to provide adequate preparation for touring teams in terms of pitches and facilities. Australia’s record is far from spotless in this regard.

In 2015, a warm-up match between an invitational XI and the touring New Zealanders at Blacktown had to be abandoned due to the rapid deterioration of the pitch on day two of three.

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“We are really confident and comfortable with the preparations the BCCI has made for us,” Cricket Australia’s head of cricket operations Peter Roach said.

“The proof will be in the pudding obviously, but we’re really comfortable with the discussions we’ve had. They see merit in seeing us prepare really well for a marquee Test series as we do when overseas teams come out here.”

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