Australia to warm-up in Hyderabad

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> With the first Test beginning on October 9, Australia will play a three-day practice match in Hyderabad from October 2.

Updated: September 03, 2008 08:10 IST
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Bangalore may have lost the chance to host the 2008 ATP tennis tournament next month because of security concerns expressed by its promoters, but the first cricket Test between India and Australia is expected to go ahead as scheduled in the Garden City in October.

"There's no change in the tour itinerary. Bangalore is to host the opening Test from October 9-13 after the Australians start the tour with a four-day warm-up tie against a select India XI at Hyderabad from October 2-5," Cricket Board sources told PTI today.

The Australians are set to land in India on September 29. The second, third and fourth Tests of the rubber are to be played at Mohali (Oct 17-21), Delhi (Oct 29-Nov 2) and Nagpur
(Nov 6-10).

Asked about the big gap between the second and third Test, the sources said that this will be utilised by the visitors to give a break to their players.

"They are not scheduled to play another practice tie," they added.

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