Australia had a tough time in India in 2013 when they lost 4-0 in the Test series © IANS (file Photo)
Australia had a tough time in India in 2013 when they lost 4-0 in the Test series © IANS (file Photo)

 

Sydney: Jun 5, 2014

 

As part of its drive to keep Australia the No 1 Test nation, Cricket Australia (CA) is reportedly importing special pitch soil from India, which would be installed at the recently completed, state of the art National Cricket Centre in Brisbane.

 

Australia, who suffered a 4-0 humiliation in India last year, has reportedly focused its efforts to improve performances against spin and with their next Test series in against Pakistan in the spin-friendly United Arab Emirates (UAE) this October, the nation has been importing Indian soil for their pitches.

 

According to news.com.au, although the imported Indian turf would not be ready for the Australians to practice on ahead of that tour, it would be in place ahead of Test tours of Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and India over the next three years.

 

Current Australian chairman of selectors Rod Marsh, who had been International Cricket Council (ICC) academy coach in Dubai when he introduced different types of India pitches and Australia, is reportedly following that lead.

 

Australia would train at the ICC academy ahead of the UAE series, the report added.