Not seeing Australia series differently, will play with same intensity: Kohli

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Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, and Dhoni have played extremely well in the series against Sri-Lanka and hence these are they are the key batsman to look up in this series as well.

He's also opened a lot in ODIs as well. You get flat pitches to bat on in ODIs and T20s.

Jason Gillespie also lavished praise on India's pace battery, saying,"It appears to me that they have clear plans and are embracing the challenge of bowling on flat surfaces". I think they can certainly put more on the ball.

While Rohit said that it was up to the individual to find the right way to manage his schedule, he was personally not for taking a break from playing.He had missed the bulk of India's home season previous year, including the Test series against England and Australia, with a thigh injury.

The Indian team was hit with the unfortunate news that Shikhar Dhawan had to leave the squad owing to his wife's illness.

Referring to his own teammate Adam Zampa and the two wrist spinners in the Indian line-up - Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav, Agar said, "I think they will have a big role in the series, to be fair". Australia's practice match against Board President's XI at Chepauk gave a hint of what could follow as the visitors posted 347 runs. The first game will be played in Chennai on Sunday.

While Smith later apologised for his self-admitted "brain fade" moment, Kohli slammed the Aussies at the last series press conference in Dharamsala.

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Australia's recent ODI form has been atypically horrendous away from home. "But we have a few guys who can replace him". Axar Patel might sit out the game, having suffered a minor injury to his left ankle while playing a warm-up game of football during India's training session on Friday.

The tourists, coming out of a tough two-Test series in Bangladesh that ended 1-1, are confident of doing well against the in-form hosts.

Two months later, India also defeated Australia in the Group Stage match in the 2016 World Twenty20 back at home. We have to make the most of the time we have.

Since January 2013, the average first-innings score in games between India and Australia is 321. From India Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah and former skipper MS Dhoni have been consistent with their performances.

Note: N/R and abandoned matches are neglected. Australia were unhappy about it; and after a discussion, they all approached India captain Kapil Dev at the break who agreed to it being declared a six.

As the 5-ODI series against Australia gets underway at Chennai's M.A. Chidambaram stadium, Kohli has chose to rejig his batting order - With regular opener Shikhar Dhawan missing in action from the first three ODIs, Mumbai batsman Ajinkya Rahane is all set to occupy his position after starting at No.4, while K.L. Rahul will bat down the order after starting as an opener.

Both teams are loaded with power-hitters, who are expected to smash records, this time as well, on batting friendly wickets across the venues in the upcoming series.

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