Aussies get on with training

It’s not often that an Australian practice session is followed more keenly than India’s. But given the turmoil in the visiting team, it was natural that a tight vigil was kept on the Aussie players; their movements were observed closely and their body language was dissected in various ways.

Naturally, most of the attention was on the three axed players – pacemen James Pattinson and Mitchell Johnson and middle-order batsman Usman Khawaja. While Johnson and Khawaja took part in Tuesday’s practice, Pattinson, who addressed the media later, was just a bystander; throwing banters at team-mates and having chat with skipper Michael Clarke and coach Mickey Arthur.

If there was uneasiness within the tourists, they did a fine job of hiding it. “Everyone in the team really gelled together. As a team we have done really well, addressed the matter front on and straightaway talked about it as a team and put it behind us. In saying that we are reflecting on how it happened and how we can get better. That is the one thing we are all about as to how we can get better,” Pattinson said.

The Indian team opted to practice in the afternoon and it involved the customary football session before the players hit the ‘nets.’ There was a minor scare for the hosts when their prolific scorer Cheteshwar Pujara was hit on his knee while batting. The right-hander looked in a bit of discomfort immediately but appeared fine as he made his way towards the dressing room. The Saurashtra batsman, however, didn’t participate in the fielding session, possibly as a precautionary measure.

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