Australia’s cricket stars said they were fit and raring to face India after their leisurely one-day clean sweep against Bangladesh.
The world’s top team embark on a gruelling tour against their fierce rivals in a fortnight, just months after India’s tour of Australia flared into controversy.
Stand-in captain Michael Clarke said Australia were super-fit and pumped up to the expected heat after the 3-0 series win in tropical northern Australia.
“Our performances have been spot on and I think our preparation has been unbelievable, really good.”
Ricky Ponting is expected to recover from injury to captain Australia with fast bowler Brett Lee and opening batsman Matthew Hayden also back in the side.
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 race and bad sportsmanship.
Troubled all-rounder Andrew Symonds, who was also involved in a bust-up with Singh, is still not confirmed and told to get psychological help after missing a team meeting to go fishing.
Batsman Mike Hussey said Australia had gained plenty of confidence and valuable match practice against Bangladesh.
Australians are expected to announce their squad next week. They leave for India on September 21 with the first Test starting in Bangalore on October 9th, 2008.
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Sandesh Kumar Jaggi