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Arthur orders Test cricketers into batting boot camp

December 15, 2011 - Melbourne

Australian cricket team coach Mickey Arthur has ordered batters to attend a training camp ahead of the series against India.

The three-day camp will be held in Melbourne, the Age reports.

Ricky Ponting, Michael Clarke, Michael Hussey, Brad Haddin, Dan Christian, Shane Watson and possibly Shaun Marsh will be at the MCG nets from next Tuesday.

They will be asked to face bowling machines that will simulate the deliveries of tall Indian seamer Ishant Sharma and others.

Up in Canberra, David Warner, Phillip Hughes and Usman Khawaja will be seen in action for a Chairman's XI against India.

Arthur said the training camp has been arranged to sharpen the focus for India.

Arthur said: "We're going to practise against the swinging ball and get our basics right before Boxing Day. There's no major reconstruction of anyone's technique - it's literally getting our guys thinking about the Test match, thinking as a group and honing our four-day skills to get the guys best prepared to play on Boxing Day. We're not reshaping anybody's technique or anything."


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