STORY: Indian skipper Virat Kohli on Wednesday (December 05) India would bring their ‘A’ game from the first ball that would be played at the Adelaide Oval against Australia in the first test and look to build on a positive start.
Kohli has plenty of respect Down Under having plundered former Australian captain Michael Clarke’s side for 692 runs during the 2014/15 series.
But Australia and its unforgiving pitches have been kryptonite to Indian cricket, and Kohli’s starring role in the last series was in a losing cause.
Pundits have nonetheless backed Kohli’s side to do what no other Asian team has done and win a test series in Australia, though for that to happen the skipper will need his team mates to chip in with more runs than they did in series defeats in South Africa and England.
“They still have the skill to dominate at home. We’re not taking anything for granted,” Kohli told reporters at Adelaide Oval.
With scorching heat forecast for Thursday (December 06), Kohli said Pandya’s absence would be a blow but he backed his quicks to pick up the extra burden.
Meanwhile, Australian captain Tim Paine said Paine said the hosts would be inclined to bat first if he won the toss against counterpart Virat Kohli.
“You want to bat on days when it’s 40 degrees,” said the wicketkeeper.
Paine also confirmed that fast bowling all-rounder Mitchell Marsh had been omitted and the hosts will go into the match with six specialist batsmen.