Adelaide Pitch for India-Aus Series Opener Will Have ‘Some Grass’

Adelaide Pitch for India-Aus Series Opener Will Have ‘Some Grass’

Adelaide Pitch for India-Aus Series Opener Will Have ‘Some Grass’

Sharma is eyeing an improved show in Australia this time and believes that it is the best opportunity for India to clinch the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.

"So, I think while playing in Australia, he knows what to do". Not even a rejuvenated Kapil and Manoj Prabhakar proved incisive enough a combination to be able to bowl Australia out cheaply enough. He's a world-class bowler, but I think we've got some world-class batters as well.

South Africa captain Faf du Plessis concurred, having had a first-hand experience against them earlier this year when his team prevailed 2-1 in an intense home series. "I'm sure we'll find out soon", Marsh said. The close-in catching may not have been of the highest standards of late - as seen in the England series - but in the clear light and air of Australia it might be simple enough to up the standards of slip fielding. This factor could play to the strengths of Australia's fast bowlers using the Kookaburra ball more than it did to England's bowlers, who tend to exploit the more swing-friendly elements of the Dukes ball.

The speedster said that his team would have some, "options" in place for the talismanic batsman.

"When you do well as a team, you feel really good", he added.

His focus is on playing long. For me Adelaide has always been special.

Just like Kuldeep Yadav, the other product of the Indian Premier League, Jasprit Bumrah, gave his Test career a flying start after making debut against South Africa at Cape Town in January this year. I thought I did well. "They'll also be under great pressure I think". He has five hundreds and two fifties Down Under.

There is also intense spotlight on the Australian batting line-up and how they will cope in the absence of Steve Smith and David Warner.

". for the first time, they've got three or four seamers in their squad that can bowl 140 (kph)-plus and are very good bowlers", du Plessis told www.cricket.com.au recently.

Making light of the obsession surrounding him ahead of the Australia Test series, India skipper Virat Kohli on Wednesday said every batsman in the side has the ability to win games single handedly and the hoopla around him is something he can not do anything about. A different cricketing ecosystem on hard and sporting pitches with bounce and carry and the Kookaburra ball not swinging as much as in other lands meant the attack had to be direct ad intimidating with the shiny cherry. But on a given day anyone can score runs. "They know how the wicket behaves and it is all about intent as batsmen".

India hasn't won a Test series here since its first tour 71 years ago.

And Head, who is among seven batsmen vying for six spots in the Test team, is predicting some torrid internal battles in the nets.

"And when we are out there batting, it's about batting as a unit". You can not just sit around in the dressing room and keep thinking.

It's a formline that dictates he is the key man in the Indian batting order. "You want to bat on days when it's 40-odd degrees".

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