Mostly green and often downtrodden, the humble grass on which the highly-anticipated Australia-India Tests will be played doesn't normally attract as many headlines as superstars Virat Kohli and Mitchell Starc. Add to it the fact that Australia are missing Steven Smith and David Warner, and it is hard to not see why India are relaxed and positive about their chances.
VideoSix-year-old Archie, who has congenital heart failure, has been called up to play for Australia in a Test match against India over Christmas.
Archie Schiller joined the team in their practice session before the first Test of the 4-match series against India. "A lot of the other haven't scored too numerous runs", he added.
"It´s just about picking your time and picking your moment and doing what the team requires", he said.
"Barring the one at Lord's (where India lost by an innings and 159 runs) most of the matches that we have lost they actually have got themselves in a winning position and squandered it".
Opener Marcus Harris will make his global debut in the longest format for Australia having plundered over 4000 runs in 68 first-class matches.
"Smith and Warner are the only two (batsmen) capable of playing 100 tests ability-wise", said former test wicketkeeper and selector Rod Marsh.
Sharma is eyeing an improved show in Australia this time and believes that it is the best opportunity for India to clinch the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. But with Justin Langer and the seamers going big-data in terms of analysing the chinks in Kohli's armour, it could only be a matter of time before they expose the minor ones here or there, and target them. We shouldn't sit back and let anyone bully the way we go about playing our cricket, especially at home. He will be again looking to score runs with the bat, but this time around, he will be hoping to win the Series for India Down Under.
Rahane cited the example of his 262-run partnership with Virat Kohli at Melbourne in 2014-15 and said that the Australian focus on the India's star batsman helps other batsmen do their job silently at the other end.
In the winter, James Anderson failed to grab Kohli's wicket, while Stuart Broad, Ben Stokes and Chris Woakes got him twice each - however, instead of obsessing over Kohli's wicket, England rotated their spinners to keep him within reach. So it all depends on how we want to play the game because like I mentioned the in the first 20 overs, there is something in it for the ball, for the bowlers with the Kookabura.
"They will test us out in the next three days which will be good because then you walk out to the middle knowing that you're prepared well and ready to go".
One major factor is ignored in this conclusion, though - the potency of Australia's own pace bowling. We'll come up with a couple of options.
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