The first batch of Australians arrived in Chennai on Thursday night. Part of the group was Australia's fielding coach and former New Zealand stumper, Steve Rixon. Friday was devoted to rest and relaxation for the Aussies as they prepared themselves for the arduous four-Test series that begins in Chennai from February 22.
"We have played a lot of cricket over the Australian summer and are in good shape at the moment. Saturday will be a physical day of training and Sunday will be devoted to strategizing for the first warm-up match," said Rixon. Australia will play a two-day practice game against Board President's XI at the Guru Nanak College Ground in Chennai from Monday.
Rixon is the current fielding coach of the Chennai Super Kings and is all praise for the facilities in the southern city. "Chennai is like a second home for me," said the New South Wales native. "I love the city and the facilities here are very good. The boys are happy being in Chennai and are grateful to the locals, who bend over backwards to help us out."