Ravi Shastri Tables His Demand To Achieve Results In Australia

India's head coach, Ravi Shastri has expressed his desire for more warm-up games before the Australia series. Though he also feels it's very difficult to get warm-up games given the hectic schedule of international cricket these days.

Speaking to ESPN Cricinfo, Shastri said, “Ideally we would want two three-or four-day games before a Test series. But do you have the time? For example, we have a T20 series in Australia preceding the Test series. There is a 10-day gap before the first Test. These are things that have been approved earlier. It is not in our control."

“If you have two or three games against weaker sides we don’t mind because it is a game. But when you have a schedule as tight as this and when you have a memorandum of understanding that has already been formulated, with a choc-a-bloc calendar, there is very little you can do. Now, we have requested for a couple of (warm-up) games in Australia before the Test series. But is there space (to play those matches)? That is the question,” said Shastri in wake of 1-4 hammering against England.

India just played one warm-up game in lead up to the five-match Test series against England and that too was shortened on request of Indian team management. In South Africa, earlier, this year, India had decided against playing even one warm-up game, which was scheduled before the three-match Test series.

On being asked whether India is averse to warm-up games, Shastri said “Absolutely not. Why would we be? He further added, "You can only see the results (in the England Tests). Every time after the second Test we have improved. You can still get better. But why can’t we be in that position in the first Test match?"

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