Virat Kohli Plays a Deadly Bouncer from Mohammed Shami

India cricket captain Virat Kohli won the toss and elected to bat against Australia in the first Test at the Adelaide OvalMore

India cricket captain Virat Kohli won the toss and elected to bat against Australia in the first Test at the Adelaide OvalMore

Kohli has fought fire with fire in previous battles with Australia, rowing over all manner of subjects and essentially alleging past year that Australia were systematically cheating when it came to the Decision Review System (DRS).

You'll be able to put a couple of fielders out (at the boundary) early on, do not let him get any barriers. "You notice with cricket, everyone has an opinion". Yes, they (will) miss Steve Smith and David Warner but I don't think they are vulnerable.

Satisfying teams and fans can be a hard task.

Langer has been impressed with what he has seen from the 26-year-old, both in domestic cricket and in the nets with his new Australian colleagues.

"This is a team sport. and it is the job of each and every batsman to contribute for the team".

"There is a massive home ground advantage for Australia".

Among others, Bhuvneshwar Kumar's prodigious swing, Umesh Yadav's consistent pace and Ishant Sharma's extra bounce make them real assets.

Faster pitches are prepared for the shorter formats.

"I have had that opportunity with Australia (in one-dayers) and I have had that opportunity in Big Bash, to play in front of big crowds in your home state is pretty special". As wickets began falling post-lunch, we rushed back from our long lunch hoping to record a triumph. "We're not taking anything for granted".

In addition, Sydney has a reputation for being a spinner's paradise due to its Bulli soil, which has a different cracking pattern to other soils and dries out quicker.

They have always been a thorn for most of the opponents.

Talking about who possess the potential to stop the Indian leader, Ponting told Cricket Australia: "The first thing I will be doing is going back and looking at how anyone has stopped him in the past".

"Just being out on Adelaide Oval, in the sunshine, under a nice blue sky and running around with his heroes - who, to a man, were all really moved by his story - it should be terrific for everyone".

The weather has already made its mark this season.

India has yet to win a test series in Australia in 11 attempts and Pujara said breaking that drought was a large motivation. 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.

Page nominates Boxing Day Test as the biggest event on his calendar since he started in Melbourne.

However, Ponting added this did not necessarily mean sledging pointing to the success Mitchell Johnson has enjoyed against Kohli through intimidating bowling and body language.

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