Adelaide is favorite ground away from home: Virat Kohli

Grant SmithDec 06, 2018

But the Indian skipper is insisting he has grown up and will not be looking for confrontations, although he added that "if they want to play a certain way we will reciprocate".

"I think it makes for a strong Australian cricket it's exciting to be in that group of players vying for that spot". The belief inside the Australian dressing room contrasts with doomsayers following successive series losses to South Africa and Pakistan.

Virat Kohli's India will be thrilled they can play no part in the four-test series starting in Adelaide on Thursday. "He pretty much bowled from one end after the new ball and we filtered through from the other end", he stated. As an individual you have to understand that everyone's role is completely different.

The Indian batting line-up has come under huge criticism for their twin failures in South Africa and England, wherein Kohli was the only one to defy the opposition. On the outside what people think, we can not control. He reads the batsmen really well.

Mitchell Johnson and Virat Kohli clashed regularly in the 2014-15 series.

The bowler said his team has been making plans for Kohli and a few "options" will be in place. So it's about which team plays better, it's been that kind of pitch.

His focus is on playing long.

The common refrain from Australia in recent years, whenever questioned about sledging and poor behaviour, was that they play aggressively and occasionally headbutt the line but will never cross it. I thought I did well. "For me as a number five batsman, it is important to convert those starts into big hundreds rather than thinking about targets".

Australia's batting line-up misses prominent names such as Smith and Warner, both of which are now serving a one-year bans for their involvement in the infamous ball-tampering scandal in March 2018. Rahane said that playing at home, Australia start as favourites. "I don't know the reason but it could be IPL, which helped to produce good fast bowlers", he added.

"I don't think they're getting enough overs out of him". Look at their bowling attack - they have really good bowlers. "I'm sure we'll find out soon", Marsh said. Its batting relied heavily on David Warner and Steve Smith and so that is fragile right now. But on a given day anyone can score runs.

"Usman Khawaja is equally risky and in their conditions, they know how the wicket behaves". Overall, he has 20 wickets to his name at an average of 62.15 on quick Australian pitches.

And they have an experienced set of bowlers in Ishant Sharma, Mohammad Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav and Jasprit Bumrah.

And Australia's new joint vice-captain Mitch Marsh said it was obvious that Smith in particular would be sorely missed. You can't do it without it - it's just rubbish otherwise. The 28-year-old swing bowler, however, holds an edge over the other two pacers, thanks to his consistent bowling and determined batting at the lower-order, a skill that he has developed recently.

"Kookaburra ball, after 30-35 overs, is relatively easy to bat against". Every game you go into you are 50-50. "You have to have that intent", he signed off.

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