As preparations for the highly-anticipated first Test between India and Australia on December 6 continue, footage emerged on social media on Tuesday of Kohli practicing in the Adelaide Oval nets. "They have got some really good batsmen, they have got a very good all-round team", he said. Brydon Coverdale, a popular Australian quiz personality, also shared his views on Twitter by pointing out how well the likes of Kohli, Murali Vijay, Ajinkya Rahane and KL Rahul batted when they toured Australia last time in 2014-15. I said before the start of the England tour that the first 40 overs are critical, after that the ball loses its hardness. If Ashwin can adjust to these conditions it could be a game-changer, especially with so many left-handers in Australia's XI.
"Words are sometimes cheap, it's how they bowl, and their actions". Lyon watched footage of Ashwin prior to Australia's tour of India past year, desperate to improve his form on the subcontinent.
Chappell nonetheless expects Indian skipper Virat Kohli to score heavily in the series.
"The way you buzz around the field, the way you cut down runs, the way you create pressure, you don't have to say anything to have mongrel. It's an interesting series for us and hopefully, we can start it well", Cricket.com.au quoted Vijay, as saying.
The 43-year old also pointed out the fact that India perhaps wouldn't be able to make many runs if they get a pitch as lively as that of the new Perth Stadium which is set to host its first Test match. 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. They where whitewashed by England in ODIs, lost the T20I tri-series to final before losing to Pakistan again in Tests and T20Is. "Ishant Sharma's last time out here he got extra bounce". However, the same can be said of overcooking them and creating a fresh setback that could ruin Australia's plans for next year's World Cup and Ashes. "You don't get anything easy; they'll test us out over the next couple of days, which will be good, then you'll walk out into the middle knowing you've prepared well", he said. If you can get through these ones, you can get through anyone in the world.