We are used to Indian conditions now: Haddin
Bangalore: Playing too many matches in India in the shorter format over the years has led to the Australians getting used to the conditions here and that was why they have a very good record, vice-captain Brad Haddin said on Friday.
Haddin said the experience of playing many matches in Indian conditions have helped Australia to have a good ODI record against the home side. Australia have won four ODI series in India out of the six played so far since 1984-85.
"The conditions now aren`t as foreign as they used to be. There`s a lot of cricket played over here and guys are understanding how to play, especially the shorter form of the game, over here in Indian conditions. So we have a very good ODI record in India," he said.
"From that point of view we`re set up for a very exciting game tomorrow in a two-all series," he said ahead of the seventh and final ODI here tomorrow.
The Australian vice-captain said that a series win over India would give more confidence to his side going into the home Ashes series starting later this month.
"It is a big game. These are the games you want to be a part of. It`s obviously a high pressure game, with a lot of stake -- the series is on the line. Guys can continue to perform well at this level and games like this do hold a lot of weight leading into a big series like an Ashes campaign," he told reporters here at the pre-match press conference.
Asked about Mitchell Johnson`s release from the touring squad to prepare for the Ashes, Haddin said it was in the best interests of the Queensland pacer to go home and make himself available for selection by playing in three domestic matches before Cricket Australia announces its squad on November 12.
"Mitch has been monitored like every other player and we thought it was in his best interests to go home and get right for the two four-day games and put himself up to be available for selection for the Ashes," he said.
Haddin said Australia have got enough cover for Johnson`s absence.
"We have got guys like Nathan Coulter-Nile and Moises Henriques who have been on the sideline for the entire tour. They are ready to go. Nathan is known to a lot of you guys over here with the success he had in the Champions League. We have got enough to cover," he said.
"It is a very exciting way to end this series. I think it is just reward that it is two-all now leading into the final because it`s been an outstanding series so far."
He said the field restrictions and powerplays have been the reasons for spinners to give away far too many runs during middle overs.
"I think it has not been a conscious (decision) at first. It is just the way the game has panned out. I think with the way the field restrictions are at the moment, it allows free scoring during the middle of the game and with the powerplays leading into the back end of the game. I think that has been a big reason for why the spinners have gone for more runs than they normally would have," he added.
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