Net session to determine Australian XI for series-opening Test against India

Lynette Rowe
December 6, 2018

The two cricketing giants face-off in a four-match Test series from December 6.

It should be noted that India are one of only two Full Member nations - the other being Bangladesh - to have not played a day-night Test at global level.

In the video, Kohli is seen ducking bouncers and dispatching imperious cover drives in Adelaide.

While Ashwin bowled 40 overs, Jadeja and Kuldeep bowled 11 overs and one over respectively.

India won't go looking for on-field conflict with Warner and Steve Smith serving ball tampering bans but won't shy away from it.

So, if Australia's seamers do find success using full-length in-nippers to arguably the world's most unsafe Test batsmen, it could go some way to swinging (or seaming) the series in their favour.

For many Australians, the first ball of a home test series marks the start of a gradual winding down, when workers breathe easier in the leadup to Christmas and enjoy tuning in to watch the toil of the country's best cricketers.

Kohli said the series might be played in a better spirit than the last tour but there was always a place for chatter.

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Praising spin bowler Ravichandran Ashwin, who had scalped two wickets in their warm-up match against the Cricket Australia XI, the right-hand batsman underscored that he is a clever bowler who reads the batsman very well.

Langer acknowledged that will encourage India, but he also warned the team top of the current ICC rankings that they are under greater pressure due to their poor record in Australia.

"It's a good point", said Hazlewood.

"I think a bit of banter there is not harmful at all". The move robs them of match practice but may prove sensible in light of the quick turnaround between Tests.

"I like Trav a lot, he is like a little brother", said Lyon who presented Head with his baggy green in Dubai.

"And when you have played some bowlers in the past you always know what are their strengths and weaknesses, what to expect from them". He also added, "We've played quite a few test matches here before and we've scored runs".

The world-famous MCG was slammed by critics and received an official "poor" rating from the International Cricket Council - the first time for an Australian pitch - after the Ashes Boxing Day Test nearly a year ago. I think Kuldeep Yadav can do a good job in Australia. Most of our batters are experienced enough. "So thanks to them for playing with such mental toughness". The belief inside the Australian dressing room contrasts with doomsayers following successive series losses to South Africa and Pakistan.

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