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Net session to determine Australian XI for series-opening Test against India

Net session to determine Australian XI for series-opening Test against India”

For a nation that traditionally built their bowling attack around crafty spinners who operated as if their life depended on it, India have finally acquired a versatile pace attack, which helped them claim 20 wickets in all but two Tests this year.

Kohli must remember that finer Indian teams have gone to Australia on voyages of hope but failed for various reasons. Aaron Finch, 11 years after making his bow for Victoria, is also turning out for Australia at home for the first time in the creams.

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.

Australia were left with a victory target of 384, but six wickets from Harbhajan Singh steered India to an unlikely 171-run win.

Off-spinner Lyon was the man of the match but took away none of the warm afterglow that usually accompanies a break-out performance given Hughes' demise. "So when he plays in Australia, he knows what he has to do, he also has played a series in 2014-15, so he is very confident now and whatever adjustment he had to make, he has already done", Pujara pointed out.

"Well, he might. I don't necessarily believe that he is someone you shouldn't try to get under his skin".

Bumrah will face Australia in a Test match for the first time in his career.

Taking guard against the team's frontline quicks, Smith and Warner's easy reunion with their old cohort will have eased some fears that the duo might struggle to reintegrate after their long bans for ball-tampering expire at the end of March.

'"I can't say whether it puts more pressure or less pressure", he said.

Langer told cricket.com.au: "I reckon he'll be treated like (uncapped opener) Marcus Harris - come in for the first time in the change-rooms, meet all the boys and like always when you come into that inner sanctum of the Baggy Green, it's like joining the brotherhood. Trav has my full support and I looking forward to seeing him get some big runs this summer".

India hasn't won a Test series here since its first tour 71 years ago.

Greatest opportunity for Team India down under.

"Only the media are talking about underdogs".

"Shaun Marsh keeps peeling them off in every format and every game he plays". With the help of his ability to swing the ball both ways and occasional knuckle balls, Bhuvneshwar has picked up 63 wickets in 21 Test matches so far.

"It obviously has an impact", Kohli said of the absence of the allrounder. When again will we have a performing batsman as Test captain who is on a roll and who has a proven record in Australia on a previous tour? Shami's Bouncer was pin point, accurate and fast which pushed a batsman of Virat Kohli's caliber on to the back foot, but the way Virat Kohli played it is really praise worthy.



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