Adelaide Pitch for India-Aus Series Opener Will Have ‘Some Grass’

Hazlewood Lyon crucial to Australia chances against India

Hazlewood Lyon crucial to Australia chances against India By Peter Hanson 3 December 2018 71

Australia is still the favourite to win the four-test series against India even without Steve Smith and David Warner because of its strong bowling attack, Ajinkya Rahane said on Tuesday.

"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".

In the video, Kohli is seen ducking bouncers and dispatching imperious cover drives in Adelaide.

Ashwin managed 12 wickets to Lyon's series-high 23 as Michael Clarke's side claimed a 2-0 victory.

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.

Hazlewood said that the prolific run-scorer would once again be at his best when the Test series gets underway on December 6. Smith has a staggering seven centuries - and a scary average of 84.06 - while Warner boasts four triple-figure scores against Australia's fierce rival. Kohli scored a stunning match-winning fifty in the third T20I before compiling another impressive fifty against Cricket Australia XI in the tour game. "Our bowlers know what they have to do. they know what line and lengths to bowl in Australia".

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Archie, from Barossa Valley, Australia, received the call from the United Arab Emirates as the national team played against Pakistan. If we play six right-handers, they will play Ravindra Jadeja who is another good bowler.

"It certainly will help, the fact that we've played quite a few Test matches here before, all of us, and we've scored runs", Kohli said.

But Head is reluctant to declare himself a certain starter before what he says will be challenging training sessions for batsmen against Australia's bowlers. It wasn't a Test match so we are not anxious about it. The world's top-ranked Test batsman, when facing Siddle, plays a false shot at 23.1 per cent of deliveries - more than against any other member of this Australia team. "So it will be a good test for the Aussie batsmen", Watson said. But having toiled in such unfriendly conditions, the 32-year-old has now gained enough experience of how to excel when things aren't in his favour, Pujara added. "They've got their own challenges, there's no doubt about it", Ponting said considering playing outside subcontinent adds scrutiny for India.

"Last time here, we really enjoyed batting together a lot, especially at the MCG", Rahane recalled.

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

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