Australia was humiliated by India in the first test of the Border-Gavaskar series, losing at Nagpur by innings and 123 runs. The defeat brought to light Australia’s difficulty dealing with spin. Before departing for New Delhi for the second Test, the Pat Cummins-led team had planned to do a practice session at Nagpur’s VCA Stadium to recover. However, local curators derailed their intentions, leaving Australia’s greatest player Ian Healy furious at India’s “pathetic” behavior and pleading with the ICC to step in.

Cricket Australia reported that after learning the ground had been irrigated the day before, the squad was compelled to abandon their practice session in Nagpur. After India finished the first Test on Saturday, a member of the VCA Stadium was seen hosing down the track.

Healy, a former wicketkeeper for Australia, was indignant as he described the move as “pathetic” on SEN on Monday.

The fact that our preparations to do some practice sessions on that Nagpur wicket were derailed is quite humiliating, Healy added. That is just not good for cricket, and it is not good. Here, the ICC must intervene. It’s awful and has to become better that they watered the wicket informally when it was asked for practice.

The practice was not “bad boy nets,” according to Australia coach Andrew McDonald, but rather an opportunity for the visitors to adjust to the “extreme” circumstances.

“Their intention with the surfaces they wish to play on is very obvious, isn’t it? As I said previously, we were anticipating it to arrive, so we were very clear about what we anticipated, he said.

“We received just that when we arrived here. Today, they don’t have bad boy nets (the planned session). We have a large roster of 17 players, thus various individuals are enrolled in various training regimens. A few players from the match will travel down, and they will be seen during practice. However, it’s not bad boy netting; rather, it’s merely game preparation.

In the meanwhile, Australia substituted left-arm spinner Matt Kuhnemann for Mitchell Swepson, who went home to give birth to his first child, just after the first Test.

Beginning on February 17, the second Test will take place.