Virat Kohli turns down talks about Aussie obsession ahead of first Test

Hazlewood celebrating after taking wicket of Murali Vijay during 2nd day fo 4th & last Test match at Dharamsala

Virat Kohli turns down talks about Aussie obsession ahead of first Test

"We always have a good balance of players in our side, who can do great things for us, so it's very promising", he said.

The 30-year-old also spoke on the Indian batting department and said most of the batsmen are experienced enough to handle the aussie bowling attack.

Australia could top the ICC Test rankings at the end of their Test series against India - the current No 1 team - if they manage to attain a 4-0 result. Apart from Alastair Cook's last Test innings, no one scored (big runs) for them. The Adelaide Test best remembered for Rahul Dravid's epic 233 and 72* overshadowed Agarkar's contribution with the ball.

Marsh is expected to return to the Australian middle-order despite a poor outing in the UAE against Pakistan.

Lyon only took Kohli's wicket once in the 2017 series in India, but it was a mental victory for the offie - in the second Test in Bengaluru, the India skipper misread a flat delivery and was trapped dead in front, hands raised above his head without offering a stroke. He then made use of the extra bounce to get rid of the unsafe Gilchrist and then wiped out the tail quickly. He will be again looking to score runs with the bat, but this time around, he will be hoping to win the Series for India Down Under. What's your assessment of Indian pacers - are they better than those in the previous touring sides? Mitchell Johnson became so frustrated with the unresponsive decks here and overseas that this played a major role in his decision to retire from worldwide cricket. With the four of us, you have Pat who bowls shorter spells and sometimes Starc too. Ishant ended up with 3 wickets in the match and scalped Ponting in both the innings. The conditions also become hard because it can get really hot and the pitches can be flat purely because of the Kookaburra not doing much after 20-odd overs till it reverses around 45-50 (overs).

"Smith and Warner are the only two (batsmen) capable of playing 100 tests ability-wise", said former test wicketkeeper and selector Rod Marsh.

"He's looked unsafe. With the angles he creates he can be pretty risky against the left-handers as well and he swings the ball away from them, a bit like Ntini does".

For the first time, perhaps, India have come to Australia with their bowlers in collective good form. Riding on Sachin Tendulkar's 241* India posted a massive 705 in the first innings. The legspinner potent spell of 8/141 handed India a huge 231-run lead.

India have been touted as favourites against Australia in the absence of the banned batting duo of Steve Smith and David Warner but Hazlewood said it would be an even contest.

"Personally I learnt a lot from last tour (in Australia)". If Shahid Durrani, then India's manager, is to be believed he had cited seven decisions made by rookie umpire Rex Whitehead which had gone against India.

When the squad meets up ahead of the third Test against India, they will be joined by Archie Schiller, a young boy who will turn seven a few days before Christmas.

Having said that, Kuldeep's place in the playing XI is not assured in the upcoming Test series.

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