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Indian venue fails test

AUSTRALIA is pushing to have a Test during its tour of India moved from the northern industrial city of Kanpur. It has told the Board of Control for Cricket in India the venue is not up to scratch.

A reconnaissance team from Cricket Australia and the Australian Cricketers' Association said the facilities at Green Park were unsuitable.

The match is likely to be moved to Hyderabad, but there are political hurdles to be cleared in India before that can happen.

''Neither the ACA or Cricket Australia is keen on playing in Kanpur,'' said ACA chief executive Paul Marsh.

''The change-room facilities are not up to international standard and there are various issues with the outfield and the pitch.''

Green Park is the only Test venue in India owned by the state government rather than the BCCI.

It's understood the inspection team was also unhappy with the only five-star hotel in Kanpur.

The four-Test series in India in February and March is Australia's last before the Ashes.