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Playing Test series in India will require adjustment: Ponting

Melbourne: Australia captain Ricky Ponting feels playing a Test series in India just ahead of the Ashes at home will require major adjustments in the squad.

"It`s obviously vastly different, if you look at the squad that we could probably put out for the first Test in Brisbane compared with the squad you`d think about playing on a spinning wicket in India, they`re probably two completely different squads," Ponting was quoted as saying.

"It`d be nice to get some match hardness into the guys, having not played a lot of Test cricket at that stage, but we`ll come home then and be back into one day cricket in Australia anyway so we`ll just have to manage that as well as we can," he added.

Australia`s tour of India later this year was supposed to be a seven match ODI affair but after India became the world number one Test side, the BCCI requested Cricket Australia to include five-day matches during the tour.

CA is yet to respond but there is a possibility that it would not have any problem in accommodating the Indian Board`s request.

The Aussies are busy gearing up for the Ashes, aiming to beat old rivals England in the historic series at the end of the year.

"We won`t be underdone, there`s no doubt about that, we`ll make sure that hopefully every player will get at least two Sheffield Shield games under their belt leading into that first Test, which I think would be really good preparation," Ponting said.

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