NEW DELHI: Terming practice matches as 'really important', former India batter Suresh Raina feels that the Australians might have missed a trick after opting for simulation training rather than playing warm-up matches ahead of the upcoming Border-Gavaskar Trophy.
The four-match Test series starts from February 9 in Nagpur and Raina is surprised by Australian team's decision of not playing warm-up games.
The visitors are currently in Bengaluru, practising on rank turners, assisted by little known Baroda spinner Mahesh Pithiya, whose bowling action resembles R Ashwin.
"I have played practice matches (ahead of Tests) and they are really important. They (Australia) can understand the quality of pitches in India only if they play on them," Raina told PTI on the sidelines of Mission Olympics Annual Day Meet, organised by Police Families Welfare Society.
Raina is confident that India will do well in the four-Test series and Ravindra Jadeja's comeback will add fine balance to the squad.
"I am happy with Jadeja's comeback after a long time," said the southpaw.
"Our spinners R Ashwin, Axar Patel are doing well. Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma have been in good form and I think we will get to watch an interesting series in the coming days."
While visiting teams are always welcomed on rank turners during Test matches in the sub-continent, Raina would like to see a track that would hold on for five days.
He however didn't want to predict the outcome of the series.
"Let it begin first. A Test match should be five-day long. I will only comment (on performance) after watching the first day and seeing the focus of players."
Raina is very happy that there is so much competition for places in the national team across formats.
"It is an achievement (that many are worthy of a place in the Indian team). When there is such a competition we will get the best performance from the players."
He also welcomed BCCI's decision to organise the inaugural Women's Premier League (WPL).
"WPL is going to be very beneficial for women cricketers of our country. And it is great that the (women) U-19 team won the World Cup."
(With inputs from PTI)