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Press Trust Of India
Chennai, February 10, 2013
Adamant on sticking to pace despite the dustbowls that await them, Australia’s acting head coach Steve Rixon said his team’s success in the upcoming Test series against India would depend a lot on how quickly it adapts to local conditions.

“Teams are going to play a lot of competitive cricket. This wicket is something that the Indian boys play very well on. We will have to learn to adapt to these very quickly. The purpose of our coming early is to get acclimatised as quickly as possible,” said Rixon.

Acclimatise
Eight members of the Australian squad reached India on Thursday to get acclimatised to the playing conditions before the four-Test series starts on February 22.

Rixon said the visitors are prepared for the famous spinning wickets but hoped that the pitches would not be “anywhere near what they faced in Sri Lanka” last month.

“I certainly don’t see green surface appearing. The reality is, it will be a good wicket. To start with it will have a little bit of pace but as the game goes on, it will definitely be advantage to the spinners,” he said.