Australia's fielding coach Steve Rixon, who has been an assistant coach with Indian Premier League team Chennai Super Kings for the past three seasons, has turned out to be team's man on the inside for the first Test against India in Chennai.
Nixon is using his experience in Chennai to reveal information about the heat and humidity, the pitch conditions, how warm it gets just walking across the road and how warm the people have been in welcoming him to Tamil Nadu, India's southern-most state, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.
The red-dirt pitch, which was ready to go last week, can be expected to offer turn on day one of the Chennai Test.
Rixon said this time of year is slightly easier on the body, and apart from the noise, the heat, the ball turning square, the fans, there's also the smell.
Rixon added one can still smell the Buckingham Canal, but don't worry about that, as the authorities have changed some of the stands so that it's not so much of a coliseum any more and created vents between the stands where the sea breeze comes through that alleviates the stench.
Rixon said improvements to the ground have been done with security in mind, adding people sit there in packed houses very comfortably, and if they are comfortable, they are going to be easier to control. (ANI)