Australia v India: first Test, day one

Australia v India: first Test, day one

Chennai: History beckons Virat Kohli and his men down under.

Shaun came closest - and as close as you can come. Beating the Aussies at home used to be considered the most arduous task in the cricket world. It is not a change of minds, but a decision forced on them. Aaron Finch, 11 years after making his bow for Victoria, is also turning out for Australia at home for the first time in the creams.

For starters, it is going to be a different ball game, quite literally. It will be Kuldeep's maiden tour to Australia. "India is going to win the series 3-0 with the Melbourne Test being incomplete or drawn because of the weather", Gavaskar said. Hazlewood, Starc and Cummins have been beasts at home in Test cricket.

"He walks out, we respect him but we won't go lightly on him". In fact, it was the fifth-highest run aggregate for any opposition batsman in a series in Australia. Archie also said that he wants to get Indian skipper Virat Kohli out.

And Head, who is among seven batsmen vying for six spots in the Test team, is predicting some torrid internal battles in the nets. The 1985-86 side was one of the finer Team India combinations. "We have to make sure we are playing a positive brand of cricket", said Lyon. As wickets began falling post-lunch, we rushed back from our long lunch hoping to record a triumph.

If you're a cricket fan, this is one to watch.

"I think it's pretty even". This was by none other than Dennis Lillee. I'm sensing India feel that.

"I think from last time round, I've become more assured of myself, I don't really find the need to prove anything to anyone", he told Macquarie Sports Radio at the weekend.

"The nice Australian groups that I performed in all the time had a couple of phrases to mention, but it surely was once all the time at the again of a few just right, antagonistic bowling first".

With 336 Test wickets in 64 matches to his name, Ravichandran Ashwin will be the leader of the pack in India's Test series Down Under. Outplayed for 89 days, Team India was to bounce back to share the honours.

"He's a very good batsman, but he hasn't put the runs on the board with the bat so with being an all-rounder you've got two opportunities to contribute to the team and he probably hasn't done enough with that".

The cherry on top is Jasprit Bumrah, whose sling-arm action and awkward release point along with his ability to bowl yorkers nearly at will adds an X-factor to the unit.

Paine's batting lineup has been rated the worst Australia has ever assembled in tests by local media, so the bowlers could well be under pressure to defend some modest totals. He hit the widening cracks in 7-27 on the final day to leave India wrecked at 4-0.

Kohli has done the bulk of the scoring for India in their previous two overseas Test series in South Africa and England, both of which India lost. What we have now is more than great expectations.



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