Clarke’s other major commentary role in recent times has been as part of the International Cricket Council’s pool of commentators for world cups, the next edition of which is the 50-over tournament in India in October and November.
The Australians, who leave for India from Tuesday, will spend five days in Bengaluru training for the first test at Nagpur, largely because the southern city is believed to offer the most suitable practice opportunities ahead of the series.
Numerous previous Australian tours of India and Sri Lanka in particular have been plagued by inconsistencies between practice fields and those used for test matches: often the training surfaces will be good grass and offer little spin, before the match lanes turn square.
In recent years there has been much discussion between test countries and also at ICC level about the need for host countries to adequately prepare touring teams in terms of fields and facilities. Australia’s record is far from spotless in this respect.
In 2015, a warm-up match between an invitee XI and the touring New Zealanders at Blacktown had to be abandoned due to the rapid deterioration of the field on days two of three.
“We are very confident and comfortable with the preparations the BCCI has made for us,” said Cricket Australia’s head of cricket operations Peter Roach.
“The proof will be in the pudding, of course, but we feel very comfortable with the discussions we’ve had. They see it as a credit to see us preparing really well for a big test series, as we do when foreign teams come here.
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