Good preparatory ground: Mott


Six members of the Australian one-day squad are participating in this tournament. Brett Lee, Doug Bollinger and off-spinner Nathan Hauritz are playing for the Blues while all-rounder Cameron White, pace bowler Peter Siddle and left-arm spinner Jon Holland are part of the Victoria Bushrangers.

“It is a perfect platform for some of the Aussie boys before the ODI series to fine-tune certain areas. They have been playing here for nearly three weeks and that will definitely make them aware of the conditions here. Some of them have already played here, this has helped refresh their memory a bit,” Mott said on Monday.

Since international cricket offers a vastly different challenge, Mott said adapting to a different environment would be the key to the six men performing well.

“The intensity of international cricket can’t be compared to anything else. But knowing the prevalent conditions and nature of pitch, as matches will be played in Delhi and Hyderabad, will be an advantage against a good side like India. It all depends on how quick these guys adapt to top flight cricket, but apart from Holland, others have the experience to shift gears,” Mott added.

New South Wales will play their semifinal match at Feroze Shah Kotla and Mott said his wards were confident of playing on a different sort of pitch. “Hyderabad has one of the best cricketing pitches and obviously we would have liked to stay back here. But we have played in Delhi and know how to handle the situation there,” he noted.

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