Opening pair critical in Australia, says Sachin Tendulkar

Tuesday, 04 Dec, 2018

India's Murali Vijay is ready to capitalise on a horror injury to young gun Prithvi Shaw, declaring he has no fear of Australian conditions after nearly certainly securing his spot for this week's first Test.

Hough had kept an extra layer of grass to increase the durability of the pink ball in day-night Test and he doesn't see the need for a change in the red ball Test beginning on Thursday.

Steve Waugh famously described winning a Test series in India as the "final frontier" but the same phrase can be used to describe the challenge confronting Virat Kohli's side.

The match doesn't have first-class status, as per India's request, and it's generally foolish to read too much into any tour game but Kohli won't be thrilled with the output of his pacemen. Australian batsman Nielsen also appreciated Kohli after the wicket, Nielsen tapped Kohli's shoulder.

"[It's] sad that it happened the first time he came out on the field", Ashwin said. As an 18-year-old, Tendulkar won the approving nod and admiration of the Australian cricket fraternity when he scored an unconquered 148 in the first innings of the Sydney Test and 114 in the first innings of the Perth Test - both on his debut tour of Down Under in 1991-92. "It's an interesting series for us and hopefully, we can start it well", quoted Vijay, as saying.

Kohli is confident that now is the time to buck that trend.

5) Will the absence of a pink ball at Adelaide Oval help Australia or India?

But the bowling attack is settled with quicks Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins and spinner Nathan Lyon to be tasked with combating Kohli. India are the No.1 side in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Team Rankings, and though they haven't won series in the countries considered the toughest to tour for teams from the subcontinent, they have competed hard, an ICC report on Sunday said.?Now the focus is purely and exclusively on making the team win at any cost, ?

"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. "We got enough practice and we did what we wanted".

"We are not going to take them lightly at all". He's an extremely good player, but I think we've got the bowlers to do the job.

Despite his warnings, Paine said he was as keen as anyone for the team to play to their strengths, and if that meant some sledging to give them an edge then so be it.