Kohli open to D/N Test at Gabba or in Perth

Ross Houston
January 14, 2020

"We played the day-night test here (in India), we are pretty happy with how it went", Kohli told reporters on the eve of the opening one-day global against Australia.

The Black Caps are naming their T20 squad this week after returning from a demoralising 3-0 defeat in their test series in Australia.

During the 2018-19 tour, Cricket Australia had failed in its bid to convince India to play a "Pink Ball Test" at the Adelaide Oval.

"It'll be a challenge for us to break through that batting order but it's a challenge we should look forward to". We're ready and up for the challenge whether it's Gabba, Perth.it doesn't matter to us. "We do have the skillsets as a team now to compete against anyone in the world, anywhere, in any format of the game". Not only had he scored a masterly 175 off 141 balls, but this was also the game where the Master Blaster notched up an insurmountable 17,000 runs in One-day global cricket.

Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting has already predicted the 2-1 scoreline of the three-match series in visitor's favour while stating that Indian team would be keen to "redeem themselves".

"It is always 3-2, 2-1 kind of series", Kohli said on the eve of the opening game.

And he warned: "The way they are playing their cricket now after Steve (Smith) and David (Warner) - after ball-tampering bans - have come back, it's pretty intense".

"Having played a lot against each other, we know the strengths and weaknesses of either side".

"They are challenging every team, they are dominating a few teams as well". All their frontline players like Steve Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, David Warner and skipper Aaron Finch are in good form and add a potent set of bowlers in Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc, this Australian side attains a formidable hue.

"Having won past year, that gives us a lot more confidence going back", Kohli said in Mumbai on Monday (January 13). "So I think, we along with Australia are probably the top two sides in the world as far as balance is concerned".

India: Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma (vc), Lokesh Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant (wicketkeeper), Shivam Dube, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Washington Sundar, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Navdeep Saini, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur.

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