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Australia series will be played in good spirit: Smith

Australia series will be played in good spirit: Smith

Chennai: Locking horns with an inexperienced side is not an ideal preparation for the real test ahead but Australia would look to get into the groove and be ready for the five-match ODI series against India when they take on a relatively weak Board President's XI, here today.

"I think it will be played in good spirit". I don't really want to talk about the past. Just physically with my knee and the state it has been in. Have been doing different exercises in the gym, there are certain exercises I can't do but there is a lot I still can. "It is a good opportunity against a tough opposition in their own country", he said. "Also reflecting on aspects you need work on as a player because everyone has to get better", he added.

The first batch of Australian cricketers, who were not part of the Bangladesh tour and arrived in the city on Friday, were out in the blazing sun for a almost three-hour practice session on Sunday in preparation for next week's ODI against India. He scored 230 runs at an average of 115 and was the joint highest wicket-taker for his side, picking up seven wickets in five innings during the seven-match series in 2013.

"I suppose for me [my strength] is the variation and the death [overs] as well with both the bat and ball". I hope to get through with a solid performance. This match is the ideal change for players like Glenn Maxwell, Matthew Wade, James Faulkner, Marcus Stoinis and Nathan Coulter-Nile to get some much needed time on the pitch.

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While the warm-up tie presents a chance to the batsmen to get some game time ahead of the first ODI, the bowlers would be aiming to find their rhythm early and adapt to the humid Indian conditions. It is tough conditions here in Chennai, it is hot obviously. I didn't have too much to be honest.

For the home players such as Rahul Tripathi, Nitish Rana and Washington Sundar, who have performed well in the IPL, taking on the Australians would be a big challenge. "We are excited by the challenge of playing over here".

Temperatures in the low 30s and humidity of up to 80 per cent are set to test the stamina of the Australian players for the day game, which will get underway at 10am local time (2.30pm AEST). "Most of the boys have played here in the IPL and T20 World Cup".