Sydney: Australian batsman Travis Head looks to test his skills against India’s “incredible” bowling attack and put pressure on the visitors during the first warm-up match starting on Sunday.
Before the two teams face off in the four-Test series starting on December 17, Australia will play two three-day tours against India A, with Test experts taking part.
The 26-year-old, who is part of the 2018 Test series, will lead Australia ‘A’ in the first three days of practice.
“It’s nice to have some memories and stuff from that series, but (they are) incredibly supportive of the bowling attack and the whole attack,” Head said at a virtual press conference facilitated by Sony Networks, the official broadcaster.
“… You go through a new ball and someone like (Mohammed) Shami comes in and he is relentless in his length. No rest, you have to go to every bowler.

“It was expected from Test cricket but it was my first real glimpse of such a quality attack. Those next spells are as strong as theirs. So you have to be 100% of the time. Looking forward to that test again, we have that opportunity again.”
If the first practice is a red-ball affair, the second warm-up match, which begins on December 11, will be played with the pink ball.
“… It’s a great opportunity with the red ball. The way we start that campaign the same way and we have three strong days and, I know the boys are really excited to start those three days and advance in that test,” he said.
“(These are) two games that are really important to us not only as an Australian A team but also as an Australian team. We want to play our best foot forward and start putting the Indian guys under pressure.”
He said Australia’s A team has been strong over the last year and a half.
“But again, the team that came together, as I mentioned earlier, is (a) good team and in 12-18 months, it’s a strong Australia A team. It makes Australia a strong team, guys are fighting for positions and guys have a good time.”
Head, who has played 17 Test matches, said: “This is a new opportunity for me to develop my leadership.”
“… I’m really looking forward to playing with different guys and working with them to see how different guys perform and hopefully have three days.”
In his last home Test series against India, Head scored 237 runs including two fifties.
Asked what lessons he took from that series against India two years ago, Head said: “A lot of things, my game has come a long way since then.
“I’ve had a lot of test cricket and I’ve had a couple of appearances since that series, so you gain confidence from everything you’ve done, from every game you’ve played and every team you’ve come up against.”
He said he had plenty of net sessions and was looking forward to going on Sunday.
“I’ve been on the go. I’ve done a lot of net sessions now and done a lot of training and I’m not tired. I’m really refreshed.
“I’m at the perfect peak to get into the games, and having this period in the middle of the summer is a little bit different. It’s going to be a huge test series for the rest of the summer,” he signed.

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