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Pujara confident 'clever bowler' Ashwin will come good against Oz

Pujara confident 'clever bowler' Ashwin will come good against Oz

The chief executive said that the fans turned up in significant numbers when they had day-night Test match but the same is not the case with day games.

- During that period, Siddle has dismissed Kohli on four occasions for a strike rate of 70 - better than any of his team-mates, among those to have bowled more than one ball.

Rahane said Australia deserved favouritism entering the first Test due to their bowlers Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins and Nathan Lyon.

India suffered a huge blow ahead of the Test with young opener Prithvi Shaw ruled out after suffering ankle ligament damage during their final warm-up game against a Cricket Australia XI. He will be again looking to score runs with the bat, but this time around, he will be hoping to win the Series for India Down Under. This theory, however, overlooks the fact that India's batsmen have a record of being susceptible to pace themselves.

India's current pace resources have been billed as their strongest ever and have performed impressively on the tours of South Africa and England this year. A stylish 92 from Cheteshwar Pujara coupled with six wickets for Josh Hazlewood then saw India all out for 274 to set Australia 188 to win.

Defeat does little to lift the spirits, and Australia have lost a string of series across formats since the Newlands scandal. Since 2015, the trio have picked up 77, 68 and 23 wickets at averages of 25.12, 27.36 and 24.65. "To contain the batsmen is always a challenge".

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What has worked for Australia's seamers is bowling in partnerships. He's shown that over the last few years.

"We need to step up as a batting group".

We saw one of the greatest modern Test innings by Sachin in the Perth Test on a flyer of a WACA pitch with the Fremantle Doctor blowing fiercely and Mike Whitney, a left arm fast medium bowler built somewhat like a Sherman tank, kept hitting the deck with noticeable awesomeness.

Rahane says there's no chance the Indians are taking lightly an Australian side without suspended stars Steve Smith and David Warner.

He rebuilt Australia's innings with a 191-run fifth-wicket stand alongside Smith as Australia piled on 451 for the first innings: exactly the sort of total they'll be chasing in every Test this summer. The right-arm quick has sent down just one delivery to Kohli, but it brought a wicket - an edge to second slip during the drawn third Test in Ranchi in March 2017.

But scoring runs against the likes of Starc, Hazlewood and Cummins is going to be easier said that done for Rahul, who has been woefully out of form this year, and Vijay, who is making a comeback into the Test side after being dropped in August this year. But with Justin Langer and the seamers going big-data in terms of analysing the chinks in Kohli's armour, it could only be a matter of time before they expose the minor ones here or there, and target them.