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Bowlers have to grin and bear it

20 February 2015
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Ryan Harris gives his verdict on Australia's form and the plight of the bowler in ODIs

Before tomorrow's crucial World Cup match between Australia and Sri Lanka it’s worth taking a quick look back at the two games our boys have played in the past week and the contrasting way they panned out.

From the perspective of a bowler, I really enjoyed pretty much every aspect of last Saturday’s game in Auckland except for the final result.

Before tomorrow's crucial World Cup match between Australia and Sri Lanka it’s worth taking a quick look back at the two games our boys have played in the past week and the contrasting way they panned out.

From the perspective of a bowler, I really enjoyed pretty much every aspect of last Saturday’s game in Auckland except for the final result.

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It was great to see the ball dominate the bat especially on a postage-stamp sized ground that was supposed to load it heavily in the batsmen’s favour, but in the final analysis although the ball swung a bit I don’t think either team will be too impressed with the way they batted.

Leaders play key hands but debutants finish not out as hosts claim seven-wicket win.

A Test series that has brought Australia humiliation and then retribution in quick succession ended with an emphatic win and the very real promise of brighter times ahead. With more than half the starting XI jettisoned in the wake of the series-deciding loss to South Africa in Hobart less than a fortnight earlier, the new-look Australians completed a seven-wicket win just over halfway through day four of the final match.

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Australia’s Test squad has spent barely 24 hours in steamy Sri Lanka but opener Joe Burns already feels perfectly prepared for whatever unfamiliar conditions and opposition he’s likely to confront over the next five weeks. Burns was one of four members of Australia’s 15-man squad who spent the preceding week at a mini training camp in the India city of Chennai, barely an hour’s flight from Colombo where the Australians are now based for the next week and a half.

Along with ‘keeper Peter Nevill, spinner Steve O’Keefe and seam bowler Jackson Bird, Burns took the opportunity to acclimatise to the stifling post-monsoon humidity and heat as well as the nature of sub-continental pitches before intensive pre-Test training begins here tomorrow. That training included facing an array of aspiring young quicks being put through their paces by Madras Pace Foundation head and former Australia Test legend Glenn McGrath and gaining insights into sub-continental conditions from local Indian players.

“The key thing for me was going from off season and getting back into really intensive training, training that’s going to be similar to Test match preparation in terms of the skill work that we do,” Burns told cricket.com.au as the squad underwent low-key gymnasium and swimming sessions on Sunday. Burns was one of four members of Australia’s 15-man squad who spent the preceding week at a mini training camp in the India city of Chennai, barely an hour’s flight from Colombo where the Australians are now based for the next week and a half. Along with ‘keeper Peter Nevill, spinner Steve O’Keefe and seam bowler Jackson Bird, Burns took the opportunity to acclimatise to the stifling post-monsoon. Australia’s Test squad has spent barely 24 hours in steamy Sri Lanka but opener Joe Burns already feels perfectly prepared for whatever unfamiliar conditions and opposition he’s likely to confront over the next five weeks.