Australia coach Langer fears history-chasing India are 'smelling blood'

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"And, hopefully, this time around, a full series", said Kohli, who recently became the fastest to reach 10 000 runs in ODIs, surpassing India legend and former captain Sachin Tendulkar.

Australia took a 1-0 lead into this fiery Bangalore Test previous year and when Nathan Lyon took 8-50 to bamboozle the Indian batsmen for 189, it looked like the tourists would go 2-0 up.

Australia's newest Test squad member has his whites and is warming up with the rest of the Aussie squad at training.

"Openers are going to be far more important". India's next best, KL Rahul, was almost 300 runs behind his captain.

Throw in Australia being without Smith and Warner, and it points to India starting as overwhelming favourites.

Murali Vijay made a comeback to the Test purely based on his experience of playing in Australia.

"I think India has a world class pace attack", Chappell was quoted as saying by The Hindu.

"It puts the pressure on, especially if we don't have an all-rounder, which we're most likely going to have", Hazlewood continued.

"Yes, they miss Steve Smith and David Warner but I don't think they are vulnerable".

Gavaskar also predicts a scoreline of 3-0 in favour of India. He followed that up with two wickets in the second essay and fittingly took the final wicket as India registered a memorable 72-run win at Perth.

"It certainly will help, the fact that we've played quite a few Test matches here before, all of us, and we've scored runs", Kohli said.

It's the question so many have tried to answer, usually without success: how do you stop Virat Kohli? There have also been murmurs of the current attack being the best in India's history. In England and South Africa, we learnt a lot and there are definitely areas to improve.

What is most telling from the footage is the audible, searing "crack" Kohli makes when willow meets ball, as he dispatches the short stuff with incredible pulls and hooks. He is a champion batsman but as a captain this is the test he would like to pass.

His performance has been below par in Australia in comparison to his overall Test record.

"He needs to act better to situations than what we have seen in England and South Africa".

"We have identified those things and the guys themselves feel that they are at the peak of their skill level at the moment. If you can't beat an Australia without Smith and Warner then who you will beat?" "It's not just about Virat Kohli who will continue to score runs, but what about others", Harbhajan felt.

Speaking specifically about the first Test, Hazlewood said early breakthroughs will hold the key. The chinaman Kuldeep Yadav will have to wait for his opportunity in the other Test matches.

"When it comes to Rohit or Vihari, my gut feeling says Rohit should be playing at No. 5 or 6".

Brought up on wickets that aid seamers, are Australian youngsters coming through the school and club systems well equipped to play spin? . Losing Hardik is obviously a bit of an issue, (but) I don't see it as a major one because in Australia you still have to bowl really well even if you are an allrounder.



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