India vs Australia: Virat Kohli, Tim Paine pose with Border-Gavaskar trophy

Six-year old leg spinner added in Aussie squad for Boxing Day Test!

Six-year old leg spinner added in Aussie squad for Boxing Day Test!

Despite the series being touted to be India's best chance to clinch a rare series win in Australia, in the absence of David Warner and Steve Smith, Kohli maintained that the men in blue can not take the opposition lightly.

The India-Australia Test series live streaming will be available on Sonyliv. So that is something Australia don't really do well when they are under pressure. "We've been rolling our sleeves up, we've got plenty to prove as well".

India have never won a Test series in Australia and have only won four of the 44 matches played Down Under since 1947 - but there is a growing sense that the visitors have their best ever chance of recording a historic victory. In the past, these failures might've been overlooked, with Steve Smith and David Warner on hand to paper over the cracks. I know England and South Africa were tougher. However, Rohit is likely to have team management's faith as he is a man in form with a very good record in Australia.

"You don't need to be best mates with everyone". For me, Adelaide has always been special, because I scored my first Test ton here. Because whether we like it or not, that's in our blood.

Paine noted offspinner Nathan Lyon had bowled "a mountain of overs" during Australia's recent Test series against Pakistan and was prepared to back up that effort, while Travis Head could also provide a part-time spin option. "Boys and girls want to win". We are not going to take them lightly at all.

In the wake of all the chaos that came from the ball-tampering scandal, new head coach Justin Langer and captain Tim Paine have brought stability and restored some integrity to an Australia side that many people thought had lost self-control. It's all about remembering those good things that we did and applying it here.

Paine said his message to the team was to keep their cool but also play to their strengths.

As it transpired, inconsistency cost Marsh - and not for the first time - as the Aussies opted to bolster their brittle order with another specialist batsman.

R Ashwin as their lone spinner and the pace-bowling trio of Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah.

India will pick their playing XI for the first Test against Australia from the 12 players which was announced on Wednesday. "They got through the Ashes previous year I thought and bowled a hell of a lot of overs", he said.

But former India fast bowler Zaheer Khan believes Sharma's tour experience could prove key in the series.

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"It could have been just an hour in a session over four days which made all the difference - you have to learn from that".

"We've been through so much in the last nine months".

With the temperature in Adelaide expected to soar as high as 40 degrees Celsius, managing the workload of their bowlers is going to be crucial for both Paine and Kohli. "So I feel that Australia are really still the favourites", he added.

But India captain Virat Kohli said that Australia can still dominate at home and while he expects sledging to feature in the series, it will not go too far.

"We will be taking no prisoners but are focusing on our game rather than what is happening outside".

So the tossup is between Hanuma Vihari and Rohit Sharma.

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