'Indian tour will be a good preparation' Katich

Published: Friday, August 20, 2010, 15:41 [IST]
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'Indian tour will be a good launchpad'

Australian senior batsman Simon Katich feels that playing a Test series in India will be a good preparation for the Ashes, unlike Australian skipper, Ricky Ponting who was not so keen on playing in Indian conditions ahead of the Ashes.

"There's no ideal situation and you have to get used to it as a player, so we've got to adapt as quickly as possible," Katich said.

"We're playing Test cricket, so if that's not going to be a good enough preparation for us to play a tough series against England, then I don't know what is," Katich told Australian Associated Press.

The five-Test Ashes series begins on November 25 in Brisbane and Australia will play two Tests against India in October.

Ponting is actually not happy with the timing of the India series as he feels playing on the spin-friendly Indian wickets would not do great help for his team who will be fighting for the big Ashes trophy after the Indian tour at home conditions where pace and bounce will be more dominant.

The 34-year-old Katich, however, expressed concerns about Australia's frequent batting collapses and said the problem could cost the team dearly during the Ashes.

"Being brutally honest, it's still been a problem because it's happened a couple of times since the Ashes last year," Katich said.

"Until we can actually rectify that in a match, that's going to be still hanging over our heads, and unfortunately you can't replicate it in the nets. As much as you try, it's got to happen in test matches when the pressure is on," he added.


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