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'Team India has the best seam attack going into Australia'

November 15, 2014 17:07 IST

India's Umesh Yadav celebrates taking a wicket. Photograph: BCCI

Pace attack may be seen as India's perennial problem overseas but it would be a thing of past come Australia series beginning next month, feels assistant coach Sanjay Bangar. 

With Umesh Yadav coming back into rhythm and Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammad Shami already in the thick of things, Bangar has said India would be ready for the high profile tour to be followed by the World Cup with their best attack. 

"As you must have seen there's a lot of rotation happening. Bowlers like who have had a lot of workload like Bhuvi and Shami have been rested. The rotation policy is being followed with an intention that we have an all fit pace attack in Australia," said the former India all-rounder. 

"The preparation has been spot on and the workload is monitored properly. We probably have the best seam attack going into Australia for a number of years now."

India's Varun Aaron arrives for a practice session. Photograph: BCCI

Incidentally, Shami and injured pacer Varun Aaron, who are not part of the side, are also accompanying the side as the duo were seen going all out at the nets during their practice on the eve of the fifth and final ODI against Sri Lanka. 

India would be playing four Tests beginning December 4 in a tour that would continue till the World Cup in February-March next year. Bangar said the length of the tour would help the side acclimatise to the conditions properly. 

"The more time we spend in Australia, the better it is to get used to the pace and bounce of the wicket. It will help us when we approach a tournament like the World Cup," Bangar said. 

Indian team celebrates the fall of a Sri Lankan wicket. Photograph: BCCI

He said switching to Test mode would not be a difficult task after the ongoing ODI series. 

"80 percent of the team is playing in both formats of the game so that should not really be an issue," Bangar pointed out. 

"We've been practising for the longer formats simultaneously. Like players who are part of the Test team are also practising with the team. We've been practising with the Test matches in mind as well."

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