Wednesday, 19 December, 2018

Virat Kohli Plays a Deadly Bouncer from Mohammed Shami

Aaron Finch cops blow to hand while facing Mitchell Starc at Adelaide nets Aaron Finch was hit on the right hand by Mitchell Starc during practice
Kristopher Love | 06 December, 2018, 02:30

He said as much in September when he announced the Test squad for Australia's Test tour of the UAE to play Pakistan - and defended the decision to overlook the merits of subcontinental specialist Glenn Maxwell. Head reminded the Indians that Starc, Cummins and Hazlewood were good enough to dethrone Kohli from the perch Indian fans have placed him on.

Hazlewood felt that the contest between his team and India would be an "even contest" despite the absence of Steve Smith and David Warner.

Then again, less recent history is not kind to these Indian bowlers.

Nathan Lyon was man of the match against India at Adelaide Oval in 2014.

In an era when bats have become more powerful and boundaries shorter through the use of ropes, bowlers have too often had to contend with bland, back-breaking wickets. "But we all feel really good at the moment", he said. Throw in Australia being without Smith and Warner, and it points to India starting as overwhelming favorites.

"So, I think while playing in Australia, he knows what to do". That middle phase is very crucial.

"And when we are out there batting, it's about batting as a unit".

Should Adelaide last a full five days, they will have only three days to recover before the second match in Perth.

Australia were left with a victory target of 384, but six wickets from Harbhajan Singh steered India to an unlikely 171-run win. If it means bowling eight good overs in a spot and getting a wicket for the team, they are ready to that. He was cruelly dismissed one shy of a well-deserved ton when he was run out for 99 in the 2014 Boxing Day Test. The heat, the flat pitches, the Kookaburra, the soft outfields, all take a toll on the bowlers.

India is chasing a maiden series win in Australia to validate its ICC No.1 ranking.

"In the last few years, we have produced some quality fast bowlers and even when it comes to bench strength, even if a couple of our fast bowlers are injured, they will have some back-up". That obviously is a great luxury to have for any side.

Spearhead Ishant Sharma averages 62 over 10 Tests in Australia and took 1-73 in Sydney. "It takes grinding out tough situations", he said. Because at the worldwide level, things are tough.

It was the Indian team that refused to play a day/night Test at Adelaide and that seems to be the reason for the dip in sales. "I am usually pretty quiet when I am bowling", he added.

Another issue for India away has been that they have been slow starters. Rahane said that playing at home, Australia start as favourites. Not meaning that we are going to play rash shots and we are going to be all over the place with the ball, but it's just in our heads wanting to bring our A game in the first match itself, and then try and lay a good foundation for us and capitalise on that as the series goes on.

"Each and every batsman's role will be to contribute for the team and I think for us it is important to get those long partnerships together (like last time)". We won the toss and bowled first.

VideoSix-year-old Archie, who has congenital heart failure, has been called up to play for Australia in a Test match against India over Christmas. "We want to be a consistent side and for that, we need to adapt quicker than we have in the past".