Glenn Maxwell at the Mumbai airport on Monday night. Steven Smith and David Warner were seen loading the bags on a tempo © PTI
Glenn Maxwell at the Mumbai airport on Monday night. Steven Smith and David Warner were seen loading the bags on a tempo © PTI

The Australian cricket team arrived in India on Monday night for their four-Test series for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2016-17. However, Australian squad’s arrival in Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport turned out to be an unusual one as the cricketers were seen loading their bulky cricket kits into a tempo themselves. Australian vice-captain David Warner got inside a tempo and captain Steven Smith was seen passing on the kitbags to be arranged inside the vehicle. Australia will be staying in Mumbai for a few days before heading to Pune for the first match, which will be played at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Ground, the first-ever Test at this venue. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: India vs Australia 1st Test at Pune

According to Mid-Day, the baggage handlers are usually responsible for transferring the kitbags to the team bus but seeing the Australian cricketers doing it by themselves was unusual. Australia will play a three-day tour match against the India A team, captained by Hardik Pandya before heading to Pune for the opening match of the series. Australia have spent a lot of time and resources ensuring their preparations for this tour are up to the mark. Smith and co were based at the ICC Cricket Academy in the UAE for about two weeks preparing for this tour, with players reaching the camp in batches as some of them were involved in a three-match ODI series in New Zealand.

Australia have lost all of their last 9 Tests, which puts the formerly world No. 1 side in an extremely challenging situation. India are on a roll, having won last 8 out of 9 Tests at home, and have not lost any of their last 19 matches in the conventional format of the game.