India's highs and lows in Australia

Heather Diaz
December 4, 2018

The veteran opening batsman smacked an entertaining 129, including 16 fours and five sixes, in a warm-up match against a Cricket Australia XI on Saturday.

Having that been said, an Australian newspaper has tried to "hit the raw nerve" of yet another visiting team with a headline that reads, "The Scaredy Bats" referring to the Indian team after their arrival in Adelaide ahead of the first Test of the highly anticipated series, starting December 6. "But if people think we're not prepared for the other batsmen in the Indian team, who are all very good players, then they'd be pretty silly", said Marsh.

"It's going to be a real challenge. but I think our bowling attack is as good, if not better, than anyone (else) in the world".

He also tipped Australian paceman, Josh Hazelwood, to end up as the leading wicket-taker in the series.

The fans of Australian cricket team have also had their share of putting the visitors off balance by their insults in the past. If Ashwin can adjust to these conditions it could be a game-changer, especially with so many left-handers in Australia's XI. I said before the start of the England tour that the first 40 overs are critical, after that the ball loses its hardness.

And they have an experienced set of bowlers in Ishant Sharma, Mohammad Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav and Jasprit Bumrah.

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Central to that contest will be India's captain Virat Kohli, whom Head has seen up close as a team-mate in the IPL.

"If you are not part of the team, you have to make sure you keep your work ethics at the top level and once you get the chance you have to be ready to go", he said. The only difference is we get the covers off earlier and we start earlier. More recently he was in the stands for Nathan Lyon's last-day heroics to bowl out India in 2014, the emotional first Test played after the death of Phillip Hughes. The Perth Stadium will host its first Test match when India visit for the second Border-Gavaskar match, before the series moves back to Melbourne and Sydney for the traditional Boxing Day and New Year's games respectively.

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"... You have to be able to impose yourself on the game in a way other than using your mouth.You've got to use your actions and your skills and if they do that, then they can definitely unsettle him".

"We want to play an exciting brand of cricket that people want to come and watch".

"But that again boils down to the surfaces that you get to play".

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