India uncertain about Aussie sledging ahead of first Test

Adelaide Domain Test- Australia vs India @ Adelaide Oval

"It's a good point", said Hazlewood. "You have Starcy who bowls shorter spells and sometimes Patty too, so to have Nath, it even worked well two weeks ago when we played the shield game".

Waugh's long-time team-mate Adam Gilchrist also singled out Kohli as the batsman India will rely heavily on.

"That was the key previous year, the partnerships. It's going to be an exciting battle, hopefully we'll come out on top", he added. We're all leaders in our own right.

"He's been through some tough times, spent a lot of time in a hospital bed, so any way that we can help to put a smile on his face, it's the very least we can do for him".

"Barring the one at Lord's (where India lost by an innings and 159 runs) most of the matches that we have lost they actually have got themselves in a winning position and squandered it".

The India captain's peerless form heading into the series and the challenge of breaking through his formidable defence makes him the most valuable scalp in the visiting side and data produced by Cricviz may have unearthed the most likely method for capturing his wicket.

Head set out the sort of attitude he expected from an Australian team shorn of Steven Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft, replying to questions about whether the team possessed enough "mongrel" by effectively stating that bite would be much more important than bark if the hosts are to emerge victorious.

"Looking at how much experience we have gained in the four years since we have last been here, and how the team has played, we definitely feel we have what it takes to win Test matches away from home", he said in an interview with Macquarie Radio. I said before the start of the England tour that the first 40 overs are critical, after that the ball loses its hardness. They love that extra responsibility on them. "It's about what conditions suit, with a player of that calibre you need a few options". "Our bowlers know what they have to do. they know what line and lengths to bowl in Australia". Australian batsman Nielsen also appreciated Kohli after the wicket, Nielsen tapped Kohli's shoulder. "I think you have to compete against our bowlers because it's hard work", Hazlewood said.

India's dismal record Down Under, which started with a crushing series loss to Don Bradman's side in 1948, is just five wins in 44 Tests. And then you can walk out knowing you've prepared well and are ready to go. I don't necessarily believe that he is someone you shouldn't try to get under his skin.