The Border-Gavaskar Trophy between heavyweights India and Australia is only a couple of weeks away, and the excitement for the four-Test series is building up as we head closer to the build-up for the much-anticipated series.
Usman Khawaja, the opening batter of Australian cricket, is pumped at the prospect of three major overseas tours for the Pat Cummins-led side with the four Tests against India, the possibility of the World Test Championship final in England and the Ashes.
"Win, lose or draw, we've played some amazing cricket. We are the World No. 1 team at the moment, have been for last year, and we've got some terrific players in this team. We've got one of the best Test cricket batsmen I've seen, Steve Smith, and got some amazing bowlers," Khawaja said, as quoted by ESPN Cricinfo.
"Personally, it's probably the best team I've been a part of because even when I came into the side, we were sort of in transition. We had some great players and some new players in between, so it's just really nice to be in a team where everyone trusts each other and looking forward to what will happen over the next six months," he further added.
The 36-year-old stated that he has been working towards the India tour and tweaked a bit of his technique to succeed in sub-continent conditions.
"We've always got one eye on future tours, no matter what. We do take it one tour at a time, but you have to have one eye on the tour, especially if you are going from here to India with very different conditions," he said.
"Even the way I've been practising, I've been practising for these games here, but when I feel I've ticked that off I go and do stuff, I feel I need to for the next two months."
"I know there are a lot of other guys who are similar; it just comes from maturity. A lot of us are pretty old now; we've been around for a while now, and with that maturity, we understand you need to have one eye ahead," he further added.
Australia will travel to India early next week and will be based in Bangalore for a small preparatory camp before heading to Nagpur for the first Test, scheduled to commence on February 9.