Wonderful footage of Virat Kohli in the nets

Kohli (30) has scored 6 331 runs in 73 Tests at an average of 54.57.

Compared to the wobbling tower of Jenga blocks that is the current state of Australian batting, the team's bowling remains a paragon of stability and boasts enough quality to dash India's hopes of a first Test series win Down Under.

With 336 Test wickets in 64 matches to his name, Ravichandran Ashwin will be the leader of the pack in India's Test series Down Under.

However, Pujara backed his teammate saying his stint in county cricket has helped him regain confidence. If not for the events in South Africa earlier this year, the build-up could have been a lot different.

"Obviously when you come to conditions like South Africa, Australia, England, you need pace bowlers and in the past they might have had one or two, but now they've got three or four. I can't describe what it is.But he has made some adjustments which has helped him", Pujara expressed. This factor could play to the strengths of Australia's fast bowlers using the Kookaburra ball more than it did to England's bowlers, who tend to exploit the more swing-friendly elements of the Dukes ball. "As a bowling unit we are very confident and the bowlers will stick to their basics".

The Indian batting line-up has come under vast criticism for their twin failures in South Africa and England, wherein Kohli was the only one to defy the opposition.

"I think a bit of banter there is not harmful at all". "So we trust our preparation and ability". In fact, it was the fifth-highest run aggregate for any opposition batsman in a series in Australia. I think that's been a focus for them in recent times and they're starting to see the benefits. "At the same time I'm trying to keep it as simple as I can".

India lost the second Test of the 200708 BorderGavaskar Trophy after Harbhajan Singh and Andrew Symonds found themselves in the middle of a racial abuse scandal which, coupled with some questionable umpire decisions, had snowballed into a big crisis and Indian team had threatened to abandon the tour before ICC intervened. And we do have a couple of safe hands in that area, including the deputy skipper Ajinkya Rahane and a young 'keeper capable of covering ground in both directions. We would like to perform well and start off well.

The outcry reflected just how important the pitch is to players, fans and administrators who have invested time - and lots of money - to watch a dramatic contest.

With Smith and David Warner serving bans for ball-tampering, Paine's team have had little to celebrate and even less inclination to indulge in chest-thumping aggression.

"I can not comment on what Australia will do".

The Adelaide Oval had hosted the first-ever day-night Test match which was played between Australia and New Zealand in November 2015. But I am sure we will look to play fierce cricket and look to be aggressive.

MCG was a remarkable Test match with a sting in the tail.

"The bowlers already had a meeting, and conceding 500 runs in a warm-up game doesn't mean anything", Cheteshwar Pujara said. If they can do just about enough to give their bowlers a chance, they might change the pre-series perceptions.

"I love playing cricket here, excited about the opportunities that lay ahead".

"To be honest, we got what we wanted in the practice game", Pujara said.

Vanessa Coleman

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