Published: Thu, December 06, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

Ponting calls on Australia to 'unsettle' Kohli

Ponting calls on Australia to 'unsettle' Kohli

Yet the turf on Australia's ovals can play a critical role in determining the outcome of the highly-anticipated four-Test series, which begins in Adelaide on Thursday, and is often the subject of fierce debate among players, pundits and fans.

In the video, Kohli is seen ducking bouncers and dispatching imperious cover drives in Adelaide.

Off-spinner Ashwin, who has 336 Test wickets at 25 but took just 12 wickets at 48 here four years ago, fronted for an optional net session with coach Ravi Shastri in Adelaide on Monday.

And with Australia shorn of the services of Steve Smith and David Warner, the series looms as Kohli's showpiece, with the Indian captain standing head and shoulders above all others in the talent department.

Pujara wasn't chirpy in the field until "learning the tricks of sledging" through skipper Kohli and continually baiting David Warner on Australia's Test tour of the subcontinent previous year.

Last time Rahane was in Australia, he and Kohli put up a batting masterclass on the Boxing Day test as the put together a fourth-wicket stand of 262 in India's first innings with scores of 147 and 169 respectively.

Pundits have nonetheless backed Kohli's side to do what no other Asian team has done and win a test series in Australia, though for that to happen the skipper will need his team mates to chip in with more runs than they did in series defeats in South Africa and England.

Archie, from Barossa Valley, Australia, received the call from the United Arab Emirates as the national team played against Pakistan.

"Conceding 500 runs doesn't mean anything, I don't think it was a Test or very much anxious about it". "We definitely want to win the series, but one test match at a time". He will vie for a place in the playing XI with all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja, who has 185 wickets and 1,395 runs to his name from 39 Test matches.

India still lost the series 2-0, however, and the 30-year-old suggested the players had learned the importance of contributing to the team effort on that trip.

"I always say that he's a clever bowler".

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.

The common refrain from Australia in recent years, whenever questioned about sledging and poor behaviour, was that they play aggressively and occasionally headbutt the line but will never cross it.

"And when we are out there batting, it's about batting as a unit". "So thanks to them for playing with such mental toughness".

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