Clarke relishing India test
Michael Clarke insists Australia are 'in good shape' to do themselves justice on their forthcoming tour of India.
Last Updated: 07/09/08 12:10pm
Stand-in Australian captain Michael Clarke insists the team are 'in good shape' to do themselves justice on their forthcoming tour of India.
His comments come after the world's top team enjoyed a 3-0 home series clean-sweep against Bangladesh in hot conditions in the north of Australia.
With the heat and fitness training, Clarke believes the series was fantastic preparation ahead of their Indian tour.
The Australians depart for India on 21st September with the first Test starting in Bangalore on 9th October, which will be shown live on Sky Sports.
Clarke said: "It's been great preparation. It's been so warm up here, the guys have had a great time, we've had brilliant training facilities and we've been doing plenty of fitness.
"I think all the boys are in pretty good shape and looking forward to getting over to India and having a good Test series.
"Our performances have been spot on and I think our preparation has been unbelievable, really good."
Batsman Mike Hussey also feels the games against Bangladesh have helped with both confidence and match practice ahead of the Indian challenge.
"It's important to be positive, you've got to know where you can get off strike," he said.
"If they're just bowling ball after ball at you and you're looking to survive, they're going to get you out, there's no question.
"So you need to be able to tick it over, need to be able to score and put the pressure back on them a little bit."
The Australians are expected to name their squad next week and Ricky Ponting should recover from injury to captain the side.
Fast bowler Brett Lee and opening batsman Matthew Hayden are also expected to return.
But troubled all-rounder Andrew Symonds has been ruled out and told to get psychological help after missing a team meeting to go fishing.
The renewed rivalry between the teams comes just months after India's tour of Australia flared into controversy.
Hayden's description of Harbhajan Singh as an "obnoxious weed" was one of many low points during India's visit, with other controversies centring on alleged racist comments and bad sportsmanship.