India's pace hype faces a stern test

Hazlewood Lyon crucial to Australia chances against India

Hazlewood Lyon crucial to Australia chances against India

"I don't know what the connection is but I just feel really good here", Kohli said on Wednesday.

VideoSix-year-old Archie, who has congenital heart failure, has been called up to play for Australia in a Test match against India over Christmas. The Mumbai-born batsman hoped to replicate that same form this time around as well.

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.

India's closing excursion to Australia which got here in 2014 noticed the vacationers dropping the four-match sequence Zero-2. "Try to bowl lots of tight, consistent stuff", he added.

Former Australia quick Jason Gillespie has urged the bowling attack to maintain "a fourth-stump line, about bail high", to frustrate Kohli. If we play six right-handers, they will play Ravindra Jadeja who is another good bowler. Steve Smith remains sidelined from worldwide cricket along with David Warner by the ban he received for his part in the infamous events in South Africa in March, when the ball-tampering scandal rocked the Australian game to its foundations.

"I have had that opportunity with Australia (in one-dayers) and I have had that opportunity in Big Bash, to play in front of big crowds in your home state is pretty special". "That is the way Australians have always played their best", he said.

Pujara wasn't chirpy in the field until "learning the tricks of sledging" through skipper Kohli and continually baiting David Warner on Australia's Test tour of the subcontinent a year ago.

The Adelaide-born batsman has spent much of his life longing to play a Test match in his home city. Yes, they (will) miss Steve Smith and David Warner but I don't think they are vulnerable. "The fans have absolutely voted with their feet the last few years that we have had day-night Tests, we have been up for attendances", Bradshaw said. I think Kuldeep Yadav can do a good job in Australia.

All-rounder and vice-captain Mitchell Marsh will offer another pace option to relieve Lyon and the fast bowlers should he be selected, but with a batting average of only 26.08, he may need runs to keep his spot.

All three were spared from New South Wales' Sheffield Shield match in Perth to keep them fresh for the series opener starting in Adelaide on Thursday.

- During that period, Siddle has dismissed Kohli on four occasions for a strike rate of 70 - better than any of his team-mates, among those to have bowled more than one ball. The head coach distributed the article among his players before they arrived in Adelaide and ESPNcricinfo understands it has been discussed in a team meeting to establish bowling plans to each Indian batsman.

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