Australia imports Indian soil to prepare spin-friendly pitches
In a bid to train youngsters for sub-continent conditions, Cricket Australia (CA) plans to import soil from India to create low-bouncing, spinning wickets at its main training ground here.
Australian players often struggle to deal with the bounce and spin of Indian wickets and others on the subcontinent.
Australia lost 4-0 to India last year in its most recent tour there.
CA's high performance manager Pat Howard told 'The Australian' newspaper today "a third of all our matches are in the subcontinent ... we are never going to make it exactly the same but we're going to try to get as close as we can."
Australia plays its next Tests against Pakistan in Dubai and Sharjah in September where the pitches are expected to favor spin.
(Posted on 06-06-2014)