Friday, 14 December, 2018

Steve Waugh calls Australia Tests a 'significant chance' for India

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While the focus of all attention from an Indian point of view has been Virat Kohli, who has been their standout batsman on Test tours this year and has an exceptional record in India, Watson believes the other members of the Indian batting can produce the goods too, while identifying Jasprit Bumrah as the premier bowling threat for Australia. "Last time he was here, Kohli played really well", he said. Paine's batting lineup has been rated the worst Australia has ever assembled in Tests by local media, so the bowlers could well be under pressure to defend some modest totals.

Australia's bottom six batsman made 306 runs between them, with wicketkeeper Harry Nielsen the shining light with a measured 100 that frustrated an Indian team wanting to get more batting practice.

Kohli made 286 in three South Africa Tests but India lost the series 2-1 while the world's top Test side went down to England 4-1 despite the captain's 593 runs in five matches.

Kohli insisted Test cricket was the "most lovely format of the game" despite the razzmatazz and hype around the shorter formats. With the wicket, the extra grass, the thatchiness of the grass, it brings spin into play, it's spun from day one in the Shield game, we saw Popey [wrist spinner Lloyd Pope] take a seven-for on day one, so all round, Houghy's done an incredible job.

"[It's] sad that it happened the first time he came out on the field", Ashwin said. Not just that, Sehwag has backed the duo to open in all the four Test matches of the tour Down Under!

The gap between the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne and the final match in Sydney is also short, so there may will be a role to play for reserve seamers Peter Siddle and his uncapped Victoria team mate Chris Tremain.

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Pujara has had a couple of good series against Australia back home, and is keen to derive motivation from doing well against a particular opposition. "Obviously with an eye to the first Test we were trying to keep them out there as long as we could and help the Test team".

The four-match Test series between India and Australia is all set to get underway on Thursday, December 6 at the renowned Adelaide Oval.

"Hopefully the boys get him under control", said Head.

"Mitchell Johnson definitely rattled him a few times with some good, hostile bowling and some good, hostile body language around him. So I think it's going to be a awesome Test series to be able to watch", the Queenslander added.

"It is a very good one".

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