Virat Kohli sharply tackles an accurate bouncer from Mohammed Shami

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Virat Kohli sought comfort from a familiar venue where he found enormous success and hoped that his men would compete well against Australia.

India will take on Australia in a four-Test series, starting here on December 6. Australia's bowling attack, comprising pace trio Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins and spinner Nathan Lyon, is still something to be feared and the hosts believe they are good enough to beat any side in their home conditions.

"And when they travelled in South Africa (earlier this year), we felt like that was the best pace (attack) that they've had".

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"Even when it comes to bench strength, if a couple of our fast bowlers are injured, they will have some back up".

Pundits have nonetheless backed Kohli's side to do what no other Asian team has done and win a test series in Australia, though for that to happen the skipper will need his team mates to chip in with more runs than they did in series defeats in South Africa and England.

"If we play quite a lot of left-handers, which looks like we're going to do, I think they're suited to bringing the ball into the right-handers and away from the lefties from over and around the wicket, so I think they match up well against us sadly".


Pundits once bracketed Kohli alongside Australia's Steve Smith, Joe Root from England and New Zealand's Kane Williamson as the batsmen who would go on to dominate world cricket but the India skipper's prolific run-scoring form and consistency has set him apart from the rest. Combative KohliPrevious series between the two rivals have been heated, with the combative Kohli usually front and centre. We would like to perform well and start off well.

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 lead-up to Christmas and enjoy tuning in to watch the toil of the country's best cricketers.

With their opponents struggling to recover from a ball-tampering scandal that led to long bans for former captain Smith, opener David Warner and batsman Cameron Bancroft, India may never have had a better chance to claim victory.


Pujara said the visitors are not bothered about sledging.

In response, the team produced a so-called Players' Pact, urging Australians to "compete with us, smile with us, fight with us, dream with us".

"It doesn't mean we'll be the nicest team in the world to play against by any stretch of the imagination". Ravi Ashwin's Test bowling average of 54 in Australia showed no signs of abating at the SCG having leaked 2-122 from 40 overs against the CA XI. It wasn't a Test match so we are not anxious about it.


"They know what line and lengths to bowl in Australia, and majority have played here in 2014-15. Our bowlers know what they have to do", he said.

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