We have ‘options’ in place for Virat Kohli: Josh Hazlewood

Heather Diaz
December 6, 2018

"If their spinners don't bowl well and don't get wickets, then it's going to be up to their quick and we'll see if they're good enough", he concluded. "That is the way Australians have always played their best", he said. He is very confident.

India's formidable depth is one of the reasons why this team is as menacing as any visiting combo since Clive Lloyd's West Indians of 1988-89. "So we trust our preparation and ability". You have some goals as a batting unit and you want to accomplish that.

"When you have faced some bowlers in the past, you know what are their strengths and weaknesses".

"I don't think they're getting enough overs out of him".

"I try and attack the ball every time.to put pressure on the batters". The odds are stacked in favour of the tourists - they top the Test rankings and boast the world's best batsman in Virat Kohli, plus a high-class pace bowling attack. "They got through the Ashes a year ago I thought and bowled a hell of a lot of overs". Team India will look to meet their dream of winning a Test series on Australian soil.

"We have been playing good cricket outside India now and this is a very good opportunity for the team to perform well", he said.

Human headline Kohli is dominating Indian angles in the build-up to the Test series against Australia starting Thursday. He had claimed nine wickets when he last toured Australia for a four-match Test series in 2014. The series will also show if Rishabh Pant can step up to the big level, and if Rohit Sharma can revive his Test career.

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The young cricket fan received the news of his inclusion in the extended squad in a phone call from Australia coach Justin Langer himself. "It's going to be there, but it's not going to happen at the level, which has happened in the past, where both teams have lost control", Kohli said.

"Personally I learnt a lot from last tour (in Australia)". I can't say what their gameplan is, but they know what line and lengths to bowl in Australia, and majority have played here in 2014-15.

I remember the Sydney Cricket Ground Trust hosting a couple of us visiting journalists for lunch on the final day and what should have been a long afternoon of wine, crackers and cheese plus fine fare at the table during an obviously drawn game became a nervous one for us as the alarm bells against spin went off in the Aussies.

"So playing and performing well against them will help me in this series".

"The bowlers already had a meeting, and conceding 500 runs in a warm-up game doesn't mean anything", Cheteshwar Pujara said. "We're all leaders in our own right", said Hazlewood in a press conference ahead of the first Test.

"Words are sometimes cheap, it's how they bowl, and their actions".

Kohli, ready to spearhead India's bid for their maiden Test series win in Australia, predicts the opposition will "go hard" and attempt to get into his teammates' heads.

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