Australia's bowlers face heavier burden against India

Virginia Santiago
December 7, 2018

Australia's Test squad was in the nets for more than three hours on Tuesday, with the pacemen holding little back as they terrorised teammates for the second day in a row.

"So playing and performing well against them will help me in this series". Head reminded the Indians that Starc, Cummins and Hazlewood were good enough to dethrone Kohli from the perch Indian fans have placed him on.

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.

"Ashwin is a clever bowler".

Ahead of the Test series against India, Chappell talks about Australia's spin struggles, the twin vice-captaincy move, India's pace attack and more in a chat with Sportstar.

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Paine reiterated his confidence that a four-bowler attack would be good enough to see Australia through this first Test. One or two special performances are not going to win the series.

The Adelaide Oval pitch has a top layering of green grass but with temperatures set to soar from Thursday, it will quickly get baked and take turn as the match progresses. In the eight Tests Kohli has played away from home this year, in South Africa and England, he has been dismissed significantly more often when bowlers have pitched the ball up. Ajinkya Rahane will have to step up and be the glue in the middle order, like he did wonderfully in the last tour down under.

Australia's quest for reverse swing led to a ball-tampering scandal against South Africa in March this year and this will be the first Test at home for the hosts since that infamous Cape Town Test.

The loss of two of the finest batsmen in the world would gut any batting order and Australia have indeed shown the brittleness that comes with inexperience and lack of confidence over their last few global outings.

Langer told cricket.com.au: "I reckon he'll be treated like (uncapped opener) Marcus Harris - come in for the first time in the change-rooms, meet all the boys and like always when you come into that inner sanctum of the Baggy Green, it's like joining the brotherhood". Since 2015, the trio have picked up 77, 68 and 23 wickets at averages of 25.12, 27.36 and 24.65.

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When asked about targeting India's lone spinner R Ashwin in this match, he replied the game-plan is going to be quite similar for even the Indian batsmen.

What has worked for Australia's seamers is bowling in partnerships. He's shown that over the last few years.

"It's always about batting as a unit". It's up to the individual - if it's a bowler or a fielder.

"He's been through some tough times, spent a lot of time in a hospital bed, so any way that we can help to put a smile on his face, it's the very least we can do for him". I am not saying we didn't have a good fast-bowling attack in the past.

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