Six burning questions for mouthwatering Test series between Australia and India

Six burning questions for mouthwatering Test series between Australia and India

Six burning questions for mouthwatering Test series between Australia and India

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India declared and set Australia 348 to win, and they were bundled out for just 168 on the final day with Tendulkar, not surprisingly, named man-of-the-match. The hosts have one of the most unsafe bowling attacks in the world. "So while there is no doubt this is India's best chance to win in Australia, it's still incredibly challenging to be able to win away", Watson was quoted as saying in India Today. Yes, they (will) miss Steve Smith and David Warner but I don't think they are vulnerable. Australian batsman Nielsen also appreciated Kohli after the wicket, Nielsen tapped Kohli's shoulder. However, Hazlewood stressed their main aim is to get some early breakthroughs to put pressure on Kohli.

"[It's] sad that it happened the first time he came out on the field", Ashwin said. India's skipper has flourished on past tours of Australia, where he has made five centuries in eight Tests and averages 62 - more than his Test average of 55.57. "You don't get anything easy; they'll test us out over the next couple of days, which will be good, then you'll walk out into the middle knowing you've prepared well", he said.

Kohli is confident that now is the time to buck that trend.

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To make matters worse, India's record in Adelaide, the venue for the series-opener is not promising either. "Hopefully we can carry that momentum forward into the first Test".

As for the competition provided by the inclusion of Marcus Harris and Peter Handscomb, alongside five of the batsmen who turned out in the UAE against Pakistan, Head predicted plenty of willing contests in the nets, not least when Starc, Hazlewood and Cummins are charging in. I said before the start of the England tour that the first 40 overs are critical, after that the ball loses its hardness. "And we have been playing good cricket outside of India now and this is a very good opportunity for the team to perform well". "We know he's a good player, I've seen it first-hand at Bengaluru".

India, on their part, will have to take a lesson from their failures in South Africa and England to counter the Aussie threat and bat as a unit if they are to achieve the unprecedented. He's an extremely good player, but I think we've got the bowlers to do the job. "I think the bowlers when they compete, and they're fierce and aggressive, I think they have that", he said in Adelaide.

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