Opening pair critical in Australia, says Sachin Tendulkar

Opening pair critical in Australia, says Sachin Tendulkar

Opening pair critical in Australia, says Sachin Tendulkar

It isn't the only headache for captain Kohli, who knows the quality and consistency of his attack is likely to decide whether India's bid for a maiden Test series win in Australia is successful. Kohli said in a chat with Private Sports Radio channel.

Another positive for India, according to Chappell, is their pace bowlers, who did quite well in England.

Australia would be without top batsmen Steve Smith and David Warner who were banned in the aftermath of the ball-tampering scandal that rocked the team earlier this year.

Kohli insisted Test cricket was the "most attractive format of the game" despite the razzmatazz and hype around the shorter formats. Kohli said ahead of the series of four Tests, which many feel gives India their best chance of trumping Australia in their backyard.

"We got what we wanted in the practice game and the trainer and the physio have been monitoring the workload".

"When you are travelling to these places, the opening pair becomes very critical".

"So this is his opportunity, because the next cycle of overseas matches will come after a couple of years and who knows what happens in that much time", he said.

Retired Australian all-rounder Shane Watson believes the decision to play the first Test against India in Adelaide, instead of Brisbane where the Australian summer usually begins, will be a disadvantage for the home team.

India started the key Australia tour with a loss in the first Twenty20 on November 21 but went on to level the three-match series after the second game was rained off and they won the final match.

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.

Kohli is confident that now is the time to buck that trend. We know he's good player, I've seen it first hand at Bengaluru, he's an extremely good player, but I think we've got the bowlers to do the job. However, many former greats have tipped India as the favourites this time around against a weak Aussie side.

India lost the four-Test series 0-2 four years ago but Kohli amassed 692 runs at an average of 86.25, including four centuries.

"The thing with Virat, he has every plan under the sun tried against him and he has countered all of them", Paine said. I am not saying we didn't have a good fast-bowling attack in the past. "The first 35 overs would be critical; unless they provide green tops where all the bowlers will be in the game longer", says Tendulkar.

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