Sydney, Feb 10 (ANI): Australia's acting head coach Steve Rixon has warned his team against expecting a spinning cobra in Chennai during their first Test match against India, adding pace attack would still remain pivotal for their chances to win.
An eight-man squad trained at the Test venue Chidambaram Stadium on Saturday, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.
Australia's opening warm-up game starts on Tuesday against an Indian Board President's XI at Chennai's Guru Nanak College Ground, with a bare 11 likely to be available including 19-year-old Western Australia spinner Ashton Agar who's heading over during the weekend to act as a net bowler.
Reinforcements, including skipper Michael Clarke and vice-captain Shane Watson plus left-arm quick Mitchell Starc, are due in Chennai in the next few days but are likely to skip the opening two-day clash.
Rixon's experience as assistant coach of two-time Indian Premier League T20 winners the Chennai Super Kings means he's well-placed to guide the squad through their early preparations before national coach Mickey Arthur joins the squad.
Rixon said the team is going to have the bare essentials for the two-day game and that's okay, adding he personally doesn't think they are going to get the big ragging turners that everyone thinks they are going to get over here.
The former New Zealand coach added he has seen Chennai in the past, adding the pitch turns, but it doesn't rag and that is the big difference.
Rixon further said spinning cobras is one thing but the ball just turning, especially Pragyan Ojha and Ravi Ashwin, they're pretty traditional spinners.
Rixon said Australia would have to rely on it's strong pace battery, adding they would have a distinct advantage with their quick bowlers.
The former glove man add their pace men will play a part and it will be the fact that they hit the deck hard, adding fast bowling would always stay their strength. (ANI)