Kohli or bust: Pujara says India is no one-trick pony

Kohli or bust: Pujara says India is no one-trick pony

"With the drop-in pitch, there's more of the sameness about things from city to city, and place to place", Australian cricket historian Bernard Whimpress told AFP."Which makes me sort of think, why don't they just forget about the drop-in pitch and put in artificial turf or something".

Many pundits have tipped India to end its 70-year wait for a first test series triumph in Australia after its top batsmen Smith and Warner were banned for a year in the aftermath of March's ball-tampering scandal in South Africa. The Mumbai-born batsman hoped to replicate that same form this time around as well.

"The way we go about playing cricket, especially at home, it is about good strong body language". From verbal spats to MonkeyGate to finger gesture to brain-fade, it has all been part and parcel of India-Australia rivalry for a few decades now.

Cherry on top is Jasprit Bumrah, whose sling-arm action and awkward release point along with his ability to bowl yorkers nearly at will adds an X-factor to the unit. "Our bowlers know what they have to do. they know what line and lengths to bowl in Australia". If we play six right-handers, they will play Ravindra Jadeja who is another good bowler.

Both Steve Smith and David Warner have plundered big scores against India.

Lyon has taken 203 of his 318 wickets since answering criticism of his fourth innings potency by bowling Australia to victory against India on the final day in Adelaide during 2014.

"Conceding 500 runs doesn't mean anything, I don't think it was a Test or very much anxious about it".

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"He's scored 500 runs in Shield cricket in eight innings - that's a great way to go into a Test match", Langer added.

"I always say he (Ashwin) is a clever bowler, he reads the batsmen really well.I think he has made a lot of changes".

A theory is, of course, only as good as its execution and if Australia do adopt this tactic to the India captain it may be a question of the bowlers holding their collective nerve, particularly if he starts scoring freely. "The trainer and physio had been monitoring the workload, so depending on that we thought it is best to take a break and train for the next two days and be fresh for the Test".

"And when we are out there batting, it's about batting as a unit".

"I have a lot of confidence", Hazlewood said. One of the characteristics that we have noticed is that we are quite down in interstate sales given it's a day Test, not a day-night Test.

"Being the No. 1 test team, we always look to win each and every series and this is no different", he said.

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

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