Having that been said, an Australian newspaper has tried to "hit the raw nerve" of yet another visiting team with a headline that reads, "The Scaredy Bats" referring to the Indian team after their arrival in Adelaide ahead of the first Test of the highly anticipated series, starting December 6.
So much has been written and said about the superstar's batting, records, aggression, captaincy, profile and income in recent weeks. Four of those came on the last tour, when he batted at a plane higher than his teammates. It is of course a big if.
Australia's batting order is in a predictable sense of disorder, in terms of personnel and positions.
In the five Tests in England, Kohli amassed 593 runs at an average of 59.30 while in South Africa, the Indian skipper scored 286 runs in 3 Tests at an average of 47.66. Usman Khawaja and Shaun Marsh, the most experienced members of the new-look XI, will shoulder a lot of the burden. "We got enough practice and we did what we wanted". The bans triggered widespread angst about the state of Australian cricket and prompted reviews into the national team's culture. Ashwin has recently done the same. So who is the danger man for Australia?
However, as far as the history is concerned, Australia is well on top.
It should be noted that India are one of only two Full Member nations - the other being Bangladesh - to have not played a day-night Test at the worldwide level. If we can make some early inroads in this first Test, it's always crucial and the first innings.
"Our bowlers know what they have to do". Resting any one of the match-winners would hurt Australia immensely.
5) Will the absence of a pink ball at Adelaide Oval help Australia or India?
Archie, from Barossa Valley, Australia, received the call from the United Arab Emirates as the national team played against Pakistan. However, many former greats have tipped India as the favourites this time around against a weak Aussie side.
Vijay was also ignored for the two-Test series against the Windies in India but made his case for an opening slot in the Adelaide Test with a classy 132-ball 129, which included 16 boundaries and five sixes. "It was very even for both sides, I thought", he signed off. Unapologetically passionate about indie music and the South Australian Redbacks, Daniel's chief cricketing achievement was to dismiss Wisden Almanack editor Lawrence Booth in the 2010 Ashes press match in Perth - a rare Australian victory that summer.
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