India unchanged Test squad against Australia

Australia legend compares India star to Don Bradman- and it’s not Virat Kohli

While he had Kane Williamson's number in the Tests series against New Zealand, England's Ben Stokes was his bunny in the subsequent series, and he removed the Englishman five times in as many Tests. More recently, there have also been reports of the India u-19 cricket team being left without money to buy their own dinner. We know if we can pull something off and win a series here, we can look back at it in 10-20 years as some of the best times in our life.

Warner also praised India captain Virat Kohli who is enjoying exceptional form this season with four double hundreds over the past four series.

"In the [Asian] sub-continent, you don't have that bounce, you don't have that seam, you don't have that carry. All the players have their gameplans", informed Smith.

In his first two tours in 1998 and 2001, Warne had struggled to make an impression in India, being the kind of spinner who requires bounce in the pitch.

But as Kohli had pointed out before the game that one thing he has learnt is to be patient during tiresome phases of play.

The national selection panel refrained from tinkering with the winning combination and finalised an unchanged squad for the first two of the four-Test series against Australia, starting from February 23 in Pune.

Considering that this is a crucial Test series that Kohli and company would be looking to win to ensure their domestic superiority, the cricket board has not chosen to blood any newcomer. "This was based on having a batting line-up that was adept at playing spin, in addition to a fine pace bowler in Graham McKenzie and an extremely good off-spinner in Ashley Mallet". First innings took a bit of patience for us to get wickets.

Mitch Starc stood out for Australia when they last played in the sub continent, accounting for 24 wickets against Lanka in August past year. The a year ago has been a bit of a roller coaster ride with regard to results.

"They've got the fast bowling attack to exploit these conditions".

"Work on the ball, the wicket's going to be abrasive and after a while it will go reverse swing". Great players know how to deal with it.

Rahim had led Bangladesh's resistance for almost three sessions before falling foul of 30-year-old Ashwin, who has so far claimed 59 wickets in the current season. Referring to the Aussies' humiliating 3-0 series drubbing in Sri Lanka past year, the former pacer said the team will need to come up with a plan to excel on Indian tracks.

On Australia's expectations from the series, he insisted, "Beating India is the pinnacle".

That last result forced a change in Australia's selection philosophy, and Smith's squad arrived in India featuring a notably younger combination than the one so outsmarted by Rangana Herath and company past year.



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