Bangalore: George Bailey, who will lead Australia during their limited-overs tour of India that includes one Twenty20 International and seven One-Day Internationals, described the series as a stepping stone towards the 2015 World Cup that will take place in Australia and New Zealand.
Australia are slated to host England for the Ashes after this series, but Bailey, said that wasn't the topmost agenda for the team in India.
"There's plenty of guys back in Australia who are already starting their focus on the Ashes. As far as this tournament goes, the focus is on the preparation for the 2015 World Cup," said Bailey. "To be honest, in terms of international cricket, it (the Ashes) is months away. Eight games here is a long way to go. We have got a round of first-class matches to go. So there's a lot to go through before we start our focus on the Ashes."