Melbourne: Former Australian Test skipper Mark Taylor has likened the batting camp in Melbourne to hopeful last minute swatting for an exam, but says the real benefit will be the camaraderie that follows.
Taylor, however, doubts that batsmen, who have failed against swing bowling, can turn it all around in five days before facing India`s sultans of swing.
The real boost comes in chewing the fat with each other to alleviate a tense Boxing Day Test build up.
A daily quoted Taylor, as saying: I don`t think you learn much more from practice at this stage. It`s a bit like night before an exam if you don`t know what you are doing at this stage you are in a bit of trouble."
He added: "I think the guys getting together a week out from a Test isn`t a bad thing, particularly the guys at the top of the order who have been struggling. Anything you pick up is a good thing."