India vs Australia: Ajinkya Rahane believes the hosts are still the favourites
Dec 05 2018
It won't be easy, Adelaide as I mentioned is a good batting surface but if you look at that top seven, I mean you add up the Test matches all of them played it will be less than what Pujara and Kohli have played in their careers. "We've been rolling our sleeves up, we've got plenty to prove as well".
The duo were both banned after Cameron Bancroft, who is also serving a suspension, attempted to alter the condition of the ball with sandpaper against South Africa in Cape Town in March.
Ray Lindwall, Craig McDermott, Damien Fleming and Peter Siddle are the only other Australian quicks to have taken five-for in a Test against India in Adelaide.
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There is a lot at stake for Langer, Paine and co, who can become the number one Test team in the world with a 4-0 series whitewash which would dethrone their opponents - and current incumbents - India.
R Ashwin as their lone spinner and the pace-bowling trio of Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah.
Marsh produced two centuries during last year's Ashes triumph and scored 96 in Australia's series-opening victory in South Africa, but he has managed just 110 runs from 11 Test innings since while being used sparingly as a bowler.
"Obviously there are going to be times when you have to put the batsman under pressure, not necessarily crossing the line but just getting into their heads". Zaheer Khan said that Umesh along with Bumrah and Shami should play the series-opener.
"Ishant is leading the attack on his fourth tour (of Australia) now, that's heaps of experience which is very important", said Khan.
Australia head coach Langer on series objectives: "Right at this moment, we need to stick together more than ever".
"We've been through so much in the last nine months".
"Take the word "elite" out, ok, honesty is a crucial value". Since they are playing at home, I foresee they will be a lot more closer, and they will be able to combine forces to really score. In essence, BCCI has indicated that India will be going with six batters.
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"We will be taking no prisoners but are focusing on our game rather than what is happening outside".
India named a 12-man squad on Wednesday, having not yet decided whether Rohit Sharma or Hanuma Vihari would claim the final spot in their batting order.