Australia left-arm spinner Steve OKeefe, who is set to return from a lengthy injury layoff in the Tests in Sri Lanka later this month, has said a stint at the MRF Pace Foundation in Chennai helped him get warmed up for the series. OKeefe, who last turned out for Australia in a Test against West Indies in Sydney in January, had been nursing a calf injury. He trained with 16 other Australians in Chennai for a week from July 4, including others from the squad for the Sri Lanka series: Joe Burns, Peter Nevill and Jackson Bird.It was a really good opportunity to - a lot of the main guys had already been in the West Indies and had sort of acclimatised being able to play on slow wickets [in the Caribbean]. So for myself, Jackson Bird, Peter Nevill and Joe Burns, it was a really good opportunity to acclimatise and get used to what will probably be similar conditions in Sri Lanka, OKeefe said after the Australia players arrived in Sri Lanka.OKeefe has not played competitive cricket since February, when he represented New South Wales against Western Australia in the Sheffield Shield. Training in Chennai offered him a chance to get relatively match fit, he said. We were fortunate enough to be able to train with the MRF fast bowlers. We were also able to get a game in. For myself, I havent played for about four months, so it was great to be able to get 90 overs in these conditions and bowl 20 overs in a game scenario. Its a really invaluable experience which puts me in a good position to turn up [in Sri Lanka] and hit the ground running.Weve got a really good, extended, pre-season, pre-tour before we play our first game, so I feel like Im in a pretty good position, like the other guys are as well. I missed the end of the Shield season. I had plenty of time to get fit and go away from the game, but now Im hungry and ready to play.Australia have over two weeks before the first Test starts in Pallekele on July 26, which gives them ample time to familiarise themselves with the conditions. OKeefe acknowledged two spinners could come into play in these conditions, and said he was happy to bowl alongside Australias first-choice Test spinner Nathan Lyon.Steve Smith, the captain, always talks about being adaptable and assessing conditions as quickly as possible. 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After an impressive five-year apprenticeship under Sarah Fisher and Ed Carpenter, 25-year-old Josef Newgarden is now part of the The Captains juggernaut.We figured he was better off being on our side than on the other side, quipped Team Penske president Tim Cindric.On the surface, this looks like a classic case of the rich getting richer. Penske dominated the 2016 season, with Pagenaud, Power, Castroneves and Juan Pablo Montoya combining for 10 wins and 11 poles in 16 races.Newgarden was one of the few drivers who challenged or beat Penskes experienced quartet on a regular basis, and he did it with what is often perceived as one of the IndyCar Series smaller teams.The way the young Tennessee native built Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing into a contender and Ed Carpenter Racing into a winner was what caught Penskes eye. Newgarden is the complete package -- smooth and fast when hes in the car, and media, fan and sponsor savvy when hes not.Hes shown me hes a winner and hes shown me he can handle himself on the racetrack and off the racetrack, said Cindric, who has been Roger Penskes top racing lieutenant since 2000. Thats really the core ingredient for us, because our environment is not for everybody.We want people that can drive race cars and represent our organization and those that we represent in the right way. It felt like he fit that mold.With Newgardens contract with ECR coming to an end, its no surprise that he attracted a lot of attention in the free-agent market. But going to Penske wasnt always a certainty.Since Kevin Cogans star-crossed 1982 campaign, Roger Penske has been reticent about hiring young drivers. The few exceptions have included Helio Castroneves (24 when he started with the team in 2000), Sam Hornish Jr. (25 in 2006), and on the NASCAR side, Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano.Now Penskes IndyCar team is trending younger, with Newgarden taking over the No. 2 car from 41-year-old Montoya. Castroneves turns 41 in December, while Power is 35 and newly-crowned champion Pagenaud is 32.Penske didnt necessarily want to replace Montoya, and has in fact offered the experienced Colombian an Indianapolis 500 seat with the potential of a yet-to-be-announced sports car program as well. But like two years ago, when Pagenaud became available, Penske and Cindric felt they had to act quickly.You have to decide if youre going to make a place for somebody like that, or if youre going to race against him for a while, Cindric said.?As we look at it, we wanted somebody that we could build on for the future.Newgarden is set to make his first run in a Penske car Monday at Road America. The team will run all four drivers in a test scheduled long before Penske decided on a driver switch.I think hes a really good fit for Penske, commented new teammate Power.dddddddddddd Obviously hes very well spoken, hes American and the main thing is he is fast. I think it will be very good for the team.Testing is actually very restricted, so I think it will be great for him to get to know these guys because thats important, he added. From a team perspective, its really the only test we get to do until February or something just before the first race. So its a very important day.Team Penskes association with Pagenaud has certainly worked out well. After a mildly disappointing 2015 campaign in which he learned and adapted to the Penske environment, Pagenaud was the class of the IndyCar Series field in 2016, claiming five race wins and seven poles.Even though he quickly emerged as a team leader, Pagenaud did it without incurring the wrath of his older teammates. His humility as the IndyCar Series titlist was reflected in his remarks at Tuesday nights championship celebration.It looked easy this year but it definitely wasnt, he said. Its been a long road, but it was worth it. My story is of many challenges and goals impossible to reach. My family owned a supermarket in a small farming town ... how could I get to here?When I came to the U.S. in 2006, that was the key point of my career, he added. I spoke barely any English, and I told my dad I have to win, because there is no point to keep going if Im not good enough for this. Otherwise Im back in the supermarket once again.Pagenaud won the 2006 Formula Atlantic championship with a $2 million prize package that put him in the Champ Car sanctioned IndyCar series in 2007. But Champ Car folded at the end of the year, sending the Frenchman into an unexpected four-year detour in sports cars.It turned out to be a blessing. Pagenaud was tutored by Gil de Ferran, who won two IndyCar championships and an Indianapolis 500 for Team Penske. It was de Ferran who pointed Penske and Cindric in Pagenauds direction.A series of IndyCar Series race wins for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports convinced Penske that Pagenaud was ready. The Frenchmans early adoption of black slacks and fashionable loafers didnt hurt his cause either.Everybody at SPM was like, Why are you wearing black slacks? Just relax and put your jeans on! he related. I said, You know, Im trying to be professional. But in reality, I was hoping Roger might notice me.It must have worked.Now Newgarden must adapt to the traditional Penske black slacks dress code. But it shouldnt be a problem, because hes certainly given every indication that he is Penske material up to now.As a still relatively young guy in the sport, its an amazing opportunity, Newgarden said.?I think its a great place where I can learn new experiences, try and grow as a driver, and kind of open up my whole role within the group and try and just become better within the sport.I hope it pushes me to a new level, he added. Im probably going to figure some things out about myself I didnt know and hopefully those are good things; the bad things, Ill try and fix them pretty quick.?But I think its going to be a great change. ' ' '