Mumbai: There have been a number of factors that have contributed to the making of the great cricketing rivalry between India and Australia. And one of them is the mind games that take place before the start of a series.
Usually, the Australians initiate these games with banter directed towards the opposition to spice up a contest. It is also done with an intention to give the Aussies a mental boost before action unfolds. It is a tactic which the Aussies have mastered over the years. (Also read: Ashwin, Jadeja prime targets for Aussies)
Surprisingly, all those pre-series talks are missing this time with barely a couple of days to go for the start of the series. From the looks of it, the Aussies want to keep the build-up to this series a low profile affair. "We are very polite," is how Australian skipper George Bailey responded when asked about the famous mind games.