Australia arrive

Mumbai, September 22:

Ricky Ponting’s Australia arrived in India today for a four-Test tour, setting aside security

worries following deadly bomb blasts in the country and in neighbouring Pakistan.

The 15-man squad will spend the next week training in Jaipur before flying to Hyderabad for a four-day match against the Indian board president’s XI from October 2. That will be Australia’s only warm-up before the first Test opens in Bangalore on October 9. The remaining Tests will be played in Mohali, New Delhi (and Nagpur.

The highly-anticipated tour had been placed in doubt after five coordinated bomb blasts ripped through crowded markets in New Delhi on September 13. A suicide attack on the Marriott Hotel in Islamabad on Saturday forced Ponting to admit security concerns were on

his mind before the team left Australia.