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Australian Test quartet to attend training camp in Chennai

Australian Test-quartet to attend training camp in Chennai
Joe Burns believes the training camp in Chennai will help them in the tour of Sri Lanka.
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Australian Test players Joe Burns, Steve O’Keefe, Jackson Bird and Peter Nevill will be among the set of players to attend a week-long training camp at the MRF Pace Foundation in Chennai.

This camp is aimed at getting the players acclimatised to the subcontinent conditions ahead of the Australia tour of Sri Lanka next month.

The camp will get underway on 2nd July and eight members of the National Performance Squad will be travelling to India along with the support staff, including National Cricket Centre Head Coach Troy Cooley, former Canada skipper John Davison, physiotherapist Kevin Sims and Victoria bowling coach Mick Lewis.

The 12 players along with Cooley and Sims will then travel to Sri Lanka to train with the Test squad and the eight members of the National Performance Squad will then return home on 20th July.

The training camp will conclude with a two-day game under the watchful eyes of former Australian pace spearhead Glenn McGrath, who is the director of the MRF Pace Foundation.

Opening batsman Burns is confident that the camp in Chennai will help him get used to playing in spinning conditions ahead of the tour of Sri Lanka.

“Regardless of where you play the key principles of an opening batter don’t change when you’re trying to get through the new ball,” Burns told cricket.com.au.

“You tie in a lot of lower, slower work, a lot of spin bowling and reverse swing as well (to prepare for Sri Lanka), but if you don’t have the components that are going to get you through the new ball you don’t get a chance to come up against a spinner or reverse swing.

“I’ve still been trying to develop in that area.

“Going to Chennai, I get the chance to step up playing a lot of spin.

“We’ve got quite a big build up in Sri Lanka as well so I knew in the back of my mind there was always going to be a few weeks to concentrate on spin bowling in spinning conditions.”

Australia’s tour of Sri Lanka will commence in July with the three-match Test series which will be played in Pallekele, Galle and Colombo.

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