An important series for us: Rixon

Their focus on the number one spot up for grabs in the upcoming ODI series against India, Australian captain George Bailey and coach Steve Rixon said the visitors are no longer intimidated by the sub-continental conditions courtesy the exposure they have got through the IPL here.

The Aussies will start the tour with a one-off Twenty20 match in Rajkot on October 10 followed by seven ODIs. “If you look at the tournament, it is not just a tournament but a chance to be number one in the world in one of the three formats,” said Rixon at the first media conference of the squad after its arrival here on Saturday night. “So, it is very important to the players, the coaching staff and Cricket Australia. At the end of the day, we want to sit back and want to be part of the number one side,” he added.

If Australia win the series handsomely, they will go over India to become the world’s no 1 ranked ODI team and if the hosts win they will retain their top spot. Going into the intense contest against India, both Rixon and Bailey saw the advantage of having quite a few squad members with the Champions League Twenty20 exposure.

Rixon, a part of the support staff of CSK as its fielding coach, said squad still had plenty of work to do. “Its all very well knowing the players but also knowing that you combat those players having just spent time in the Champions League. To see the likes of Suresh Raina, the way he is playing, the likes of Dhoni, the way he is playing, and even to a degree (Ravichandran) Ashwin. You still have to be able to combat that. We still have got plenty of homework to do.”

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