India's practice game vs Cricket Australia ends in draw

India's practice game vs Cricket Australia ends in draw

India's practice game vs Cricket Australia ends in draw

"Hopefully, we can carry that momentum forward into the first Test", Vijay said.

As has been the case in recent years, spinner Nathan Lyon could prove hugely important, not merely to tie up an end and give the pacemen a rest but also to be a match-winner in his own right. "He reads the batsmen really well".

"I think it's important that guys play the way that suits them".

Watson, who has been playing franchise cricket around the world since his worldwide retirement in 2016, also reflected on his experience of playing in the most curtailed of all formats after the second season of the T10 league wound up. But he has made some adjustments which has helped him. He averages only 33, is still without a Test hundred in the country, and had lost his No.3 spot and a place in the playing XI to Rohit Sharma in Sydney on the 2014-15 tour. So is it easier or more hard for the batsmen batting around Kohli?

"The way you buzz around the field, the way you cut down runs, the way you create pressure, you don't have to say anything to have mongrel".

"It's always about batting as a unit". "To be honest we play as a team".

'You don't have to say anything to have mongrel' - Travis Head - ESPN

Paine concedes his pace attack of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins can get hot under the collar in the heat of competition, and urged them to not rise to any bait.

But it is the five-day format that Kohli and India are looking to conquer, with India never having won a series in Australia in more than 70 years of trying. "We got enough practice and we did what we wanted".

In response, the team produced a so-called Players' Pact, urging Australians to "compete with us, smile with us, fight with us, dream with us". "I grew up in Brisbane, so I used to go to the first day of the Test all the time."It's odd that the first Test is not in Brisbane because Gabba's pace, bounce and swing against the away team is always an advantage. We are focussed on playing good cricket and winning the series". But former England captain David Gower said comments made by Kohli, the world's top-rated batsman, during India's 4-1 Test series loss in England this year, are significant. "We definitely want to win this series but will take one Test at a time".

"We'll still be really competitive and fired up out on the ground, but I think you do need to have that bit of respect between the two sides".

"The way we go about playing cricket, especially at home, it is about good strong body language".

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