In a surprising call from the team management, Australia had earlier decided to not play a tour game in India ahead of the marquee Border-Gavaskar series that begins on February 9th in Nagpur.

Speaking ahead of their departure to India, former Australia captain Steve Smith said the reason why they are not playing a tour match this time is that when they played one in 2017, the BCCI had prepared a green top for the same that didn’t allow them to practice on turning tracks.

As a result, the Oz struggled against the spin-heavy Indian bowling line-up and lost the Test series 2-1.

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