I've become more assured of myself : Virat Kohli

I've become more assured of myself : Virat Kohli

I've become more assured of myself : Virat Kohli

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.

Chappell nonetheless expects Indian skipper Virat Kohli to score heavily in the series.

Tendulkar scored 1809 runs in Australia, at a staggering average of 53.21.

In the wake of the tampering scandal, Australia vowed to overhaul their infamous win-at-all-costs attitude, tone down the sledging and be more respectful.

After being dropped following a pair in the second Test against England this year, the 34-year-old was seen to be in a fight with incumbent KL Rahul to open the batting alongside Shaw in Adelaide.

Australia's media has often been described as the 12th man to the team because of the manner in which they make life hard for any touring team.

The fourth Test starts on January 3 and will be played in Sydney. It will be Kuldeep's maiden tour to Australia.

Earlier, Umesh Yadav (1-113), Ishant Sharma (1-73) and Ravichandran Ashwin (2-122) were expensive in India's bowling effort against a second-string Australian side.

"Basically I am ready (after playing county cricket, tour matches in New Zealand and Australia)". He has been invited to join the team as part of an initiative by Cricket Australia alongwith Make A Wish, a global non-profit organisation that arranges special experiences for children diagnosed with critical illnesses.

"I think it's important for me to go back to that, I feel like I was batting really well last summer, I feel like I'm batting really well at the moment", he added. "We always have a good balance of players in our side, who can do great things for us, so it's very promising", he said. I just want to go out there, contribute and give a good start for my team. "Hopefully we can carry that momentum forward into the first Test".

The India-Australia Test starting Thursday is not a day-night Test and will be played with the red Kookaburra ball.

Adelaide Oval might not be as parochial as it has been for Australia in recent years. With the help of his ability to swing the ball both ways and occasional knuckle balls, Bhuvneshwar has picked up 63 wickets in 21 Test matches so far.

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