Published: Wed, December 05, 2018
Sport | By Joe Gonzales

Battling India veteran Vijay has no fear of Australia

Battling India veteran Vijay has no fear of Australia

Paine said the Australians were plotting the downfall of Kohli but would rely on old-age methods rather than funky field placings and bowling plans.

The big total from the home batsmen was a reality check for India's bowlers, who failed to impress.

Waugh's long-time team-mate Adam Gilchrist also singled out Kohli as the batsman India will rely heavily on.

"Being the No.1 Test team, we always look to win each and every series and this is no different". So is it easier or more hard for the batsmen batting around Kohli?

India has yet to win a test series in Australia in 11 attempts and Pujara said breaking that drought was a large motivation. Lucky the temperature didn't get above 25 degrees otherwise the final day's play of this condensed three-day fixture could have been quite unpleasant.

"Sad that it happened the first time he came out on the field", star spinner Ravichandran Ashwin told reporters.

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Australia vice-captain Mitchell Marsh was dropped for the first Test against India, with Peter Handscomb earning his spot in Adelaide. "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.

Hough had kept an extra layer of grass to increase the durability of the pink ball in day-night Test and he doesn't see the need for a change in the red ball Test beginning on Thursday. "I am confident but at the same time I would also like to respect the opposition".

"And, hopefully, this time around, a full series", said Kohli, who recently became the fastest to reach 10 000 runs in ODIs, surpassing India legend and former captain Sachin Tendulkar.

"Yes, Australian teams of the past have always had few words to say but it was always on the back of some good hostile bowling, you can't do without it".

Nielsen's knock was a timely reminder that Australian batsmen, for all the flaws and collapses in recent years at global level, usually find a way to pile on the runs at home.

Cheteshwar Pujara isn't reading too much into the bowling performance though, arguing that almost all of India's bowlers featured in their last tour of Australia and aren't indifferent to the know-hows of bowling here in a Test match, which comes with its own intensity and motivation. "I don't think I'll have to bowl to him, which is good", Head quipped. "They're one of the best bowling units in the world".

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