Published: Wed, December 05, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

Australia's bowlers face heavier burden against India

Australia's bowlers face heavier burden against India

Kohli said in a chat with Private Sports Radio channel.

The big total from the home batsmen was a reality check for India's bowlers, who failed to impress.

Australia would be without top batsmen Steve Smith and David Warner who were banned in the aftermath of the ball-tampering scandal that rocked the team earlier this year. Australia won the first match of the series by 4 runs (DLS method), second match was abondoned due to rain and India won the third match by six wickets, where Virat Kohli played a match winning strike and made 61 runs of 41 balls.

"And we can get them all on song and build pressure on him for a period of time then he's like the rest of us - he's human and he makes mistakes".

Curator Damien Hough has promised to leave some grass on the pitch for the series opener between India and Australia even though it will be a day affair, unlike the three day-night Tests played at the venue in the past three seasons.

Kohli insisted Test cricket was the "most lovely format of the game" despite the razzmatazz and hype around the shorter formats.

"I think you have to be a supreme optimist to think about Australia getting 350-400 runs regularly in the Test series".

"[It's] sad that it happened the first time he came out on the field", Ashwin said. "So while there is no doubt this is India's best chance to win in Australia, it's still incredibly challenging to be able to win away", Watson was quoted as saying in India Today.

More recently he was in the stands for Nathan Lyon's last-day heroics to bowl out India in 2014, the emotional first Test played after the death of Phillip Hughes.

Kohli is confident that now is the time to buck that trend. "Obviously with an eye to the first Test we were trying to keep them out there as long as we could and help the Test team".

Nielsen's knock was a timely reminder that Australian batsmen, for all the flaws and collapses in recent years at global level, usually find a way to pile on the runs at home.

He can't really figure it out yet but Ian Chappell believes India would be "missing" something in the Test series against Australia and will end up on the losing side despite things looking good for them on paper.

"Hopefully the boys get him under control", said Head.

Talking to Cricbuzz Sehwag said, "I think if I am the captain I will give full series to KL Rahul and Prithvi Shaw because Murali Vijay got his chance and now he has to wait for his chance again". "We know he's a good player, I've seen it first-hand at Bengaluru. They're one of the best bowling units in the world".

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