IPL can be good practice for Australia-India series says Ian Chappell
New Delhi/UNI: Former Australia captain Ian Chappell feels the upcoming IPL can actually be good practice for Australia-India in the lead-up to the December series.
"With venue bubbles, isolation rules, social distancing, and a number of changes to playing conditions, adapting to international competition has been testing for players in the Covid-19 era.
It's made life difficult and different even in a team environment but imagine the individual's dilemma in enforced isolation with a tour looming," Chappell said.
Indian team will take off to Australia after IPL ends on November 10 for Australia tour with T20 series followed by four Tests and ODIs.
"One thing is certain: where there's a will, there's a way, and the better players are dedicated to finding a solution," Chappell wrote in a column for ESPNcricinfo.com.
"In the case of the Indian players, and some of the Australians, they will at least have some challenging IPL cricket in the lead-up to the December series. While this may not seem like ideal preparation for a tough Test series in Australia, it's worth recalling the thoughts of former England batsman Ravi Bopara in 2009," Chappell said.
"After a stint in the IPL, Bopara was asked on return to England if this was appropriate preparation for a Test match. He responded by saying that 'looking to score at every opportunity gets your feet moving positively'. He proved his point emphatically by scoring back-to-back centuries against West Indies."