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Oz batting camp to focus on maintaining mental toughness, facing Indian bowlers

December 20, 2011 - Melbourne

Australia's batting camp, which started today, focussed on combating India's pace bowling attack and preach mental toughness ahead of Boxing Day against India.

Australian Captain Michael Clarke, Ricky Ponting, Michael Hussey, Brad Haddin, Dan Christian, Shane Watson and Shaun Marsh will take part in the three-day camp being conducted under the guidance of coach Mickey Arthur and batting coach Justin Langer.

"You can do the physical and technical preparation but for me a lot of preparation for the opposition is a real mental thing. A lot of it has to do with strategy. It's a mind game really. We know the Indian bowlers really well. We've just got to get our minds attuned to getting ready for what is to come," The Sydney Morning Herald quoted Langer,as saying.

"The [recent batting] collapses, we certainly don't ever accept those, we need to get better. I think the wicket in Hobart was really green, and in Cape Town it was a lot different wicket than we'd generally play on. We have to adapt better, there is no doubt about that, but I'd like to think that no one is panicking," he added.

Australia have long struggled to counter the pace attack as highlighted during series against South Africa and New Zealand.

Arthur's camp will also assess batsmen's techniques, preach a team-first ethos as well as batting for long periods to set up formidable partnerships and maintaining resilience during tough times.

The camp will also serve as a fitness test for bowler Shane Watson, who missed the series against New Zealand due to hamstring injury.

David Warner, Usman Khawaja and Phillip Hughes will not attend the camp as they already had the best practice by facing the Indian bowlers for the Chairman's XI in Canberra.


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