Published: Tue, December 04, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Net session to determine Australian XI for series-opening Test against India

Net session to determine Australian XI for series-opening Test against India

Virat Kohli can be "rattled" and Australia should try to get under his skin rather than sitting back and be bullied by the Indian captain, said former skipper Ricky Ponting.

As one of seven batsmen in the squad, Head is bracing for a couple days of highly competitive training as the selectors make their final call on the shape of the starting XI for the first Test of the Border-Gavaskar series, but it would be hard to imagine the South Australia captain being denied a chance to start in the middle order at Adelaide Oval, the ground he has played more of his cricket than anywhere else. "I think the bowlers when they compete, and they're fierce and aggressive, I think they have that", he said in Adelaide.

On the other hand, India despite losing to South Africa and England overseas, have looked unstoppable in Tests. "A lot of the other haven't scored too numerous runs", he added. "Initially we conceded a few runs with the new ball and then we realised what lengths we had to bowl and what sort of fields we need", Ashwin said.

"He's the key for me with the four of us", Hazlewood pointed out. We'll come up with a couple of options.

But sledging the marauding batsman does not figure in those options.

"The way we go about playing cricket, especially at home, it is about good strong body language". It's up to the individual - if it's a bowler or a fielder. Australia's bowling is pretty strong but India's bowling is suited to those conditions as well.

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Kohli, 30, has led India's batting charge with admirable consistency across all three formats as he tops the International Cricket Council (ICC) rankings in Test and one-day internationals.

"Barring the one at Lord's (where India lost by an innings and 159 runs) most of the matches that we have lost they actually have got themselves in a winning position and squandered it". Kohli said ahead of the series of four Tests, which many feel gives India their best chance of trumping Australia in their backyard.

"Yes, they are missing Smith and Warner but I don't think they are vulnerable".

Editorial team of CricketCountry. "I will look to do that in Australia", he said. The day-night Test in Adelaide had seemingly become a fixture on the annual calendar but India refused to adopt the innovation.

"When it comes to fast bowling, this is probably one of the best fast bowling attacks we have in many years".

Since the ball tampering scandal broke out in March, there has been a massive downfall in Australia's performances. "You have Starcy who bowls shorter spells and sometimes Patty too, so to have Nath, it even worked well two weeks ago when we played the shield game".

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