India's practice game vs Cricket Australia ends in draw

Ross Houston
December 4, 2018

Kohli heads into this series as the best Test batsman in the world and various former Aussie cricketers have given their opinions on how to get him out - some asking the players to rattle while others advising them not to indulge in verbal duels.

The mishap happened on Day 3 of a tour match against Cricket Australia XI, and casts doubt on whether Shaw will appear for his team in the first test match of the series in Adelaide on Thursday. "They have got some really good batsmen, they have got a very good all-round team", he said.

"It's going to be a real challenge. but I think our bowling attack is as good, if not better, than anyone (else) in the world".

In that game, Nathan Lyon was the destructor-in-chief, picking up seven wickets in India's second innings, 12 in the match, to help Australia take a 1-0 lead in the series.

"If you see his recent bowling, I think he has made a lot of changes", Pujara said. If Ashwin can adjust to these conditions it could be a game-changer, especially with so many left-handers in Australia's XI.

With the Test series not too far away, the Australian media has added yet another feather to its cap of "infamous reportage".

"I think you have to be a supreme optimist to think about Australia getting 350-400 runs regularly in the Test series". "I hope they bring that, I know they do it consistently, they bowl aggressively".

"If you are not part of the team, you have to make sure you keep your work ethics at the top level and once you get the chance you have to be ready to go", he said. Now, that's been the standout for India in a sense over the course of these overseas Test matches.

"What we did really well past year was build pressure, no-one eased up, and eventually the batsmen felt it".

The 43-year old also pointed out the fact that India perhaps wouldn't be able to make many runs if they get a pitch as lively as that of the new Perth Stadium which is set to host its first Test match.

"There has been so much talk in the last 10 months that everyone is sick of it", he said ahead of Australia's first home Test since "sandpapergate", where Smith, Warner and Cameron Bancroft tried to alter the ball in South Africa. "Ishant Sharma's last time out here he got extra bounce".

Although India has never secured a series win in Australia, they have time and again delivered cricketing masterpieces.

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