Cardiff: On a newly-laid wicket at the Swalec Stadium here, India's young batsmen will face some Australian chin music when they play a warm-up game on Tuesday. In a series of warm-up matches planned by the ICC, both teams come off comprehensive wins as India prepare for their Champions Trophy opener against South Africa on June 6.
The sun has been beating down at Cardiff and the groundmen are happy that their 'new' wicket should have a bit for batmen and bowlers. Australia have a little edge going into Tuesday's day-match having beaten the West Indies in a warm-up game here on June 1. Chasing 257 for a win, Australian batsmen knocked off the winning runs losing just four wickets with more than 10 overs to spare.
India are also coming off a resounding win against Sri Lanka in Birmingham on Saturday. Twin tons by middle-order generals Virat Kohli and Dinesh Karthik helped India overhaul a victory target of 334 by five wickets, but India's top order batsmen will still have to prove their mettle against better attacks.