Katich - India will be tough
Simon Katich knows Australia face a difficult challenge when they visit India for two Tests in October.
Last Updated: 26/07/10 11:51am
Simon Katich knows it will be difficult for Australia to usurp top-ranked India when the sides meet for two Tests in October.
The series on the subcontinent is Australia's only five-day action before the start of the Ashes in Brisbane on November 25.
Ricky Ponting's men, currently third behind India and South Africa in the International Cricket Council's Test rankings, went down 2-0 on their previous visit to India two years ago.
Opener Katich, the only batsman to average over 35 during the recent 1-1 draw with Pakistan in England, concedes the lack of experience of Indian conditions in Australia's squad is a major drawback.
"It will be very tough," he said. "We were there in 2008, lost 2-0 and found it hard work and we are back at two of the venues we were at in 2008.
"There's no doubt they have got a very good side, they love playing at home, they will have their home crowd supporting them.
"We do have quite a few young guys stepping into Test cricket now who haven't played in India before, so that will be a test for them, but it's going to be a good challenge."
Katich also acknowledged Australia's specialist seam bowlers - Mitchell Johnson, Ben Hilfenhaus and Doug Bollinger - had not been at their best during the Tests against Pakistan, which were played in juicy English conditions due to the uncertain security situation in Pakistan.
"I guess the guys probably would have been a little bit disappointed, but they were all trying and you can't fault their efforts," added Katich.
"They all put in and tried their hardest, it just didn't happen, so hopefully they will learn from that and be better for it."
Australia managed just 88 in the first innings at Headingley - their lowest score in 26 years - as they suffered their first Test defeat in nine games.
"We were always playing catch-up after that (scoring 88). It was a disappointing end to the series," Katich said.
"It's something that we need to work on a rectify going forward and looking to India and later on in the year with the Ashes."