Steve Waugh calls Australia Tests a 'significant chance' for India

Steve Waugh calls Australia Tests a 'significant chance' for India

And no one should doubt what it would mean to Kohli were he to lead India to their inaugural Test-series win in Australia during an upcoming four-match campaign.

Another positive for India, according to Chappell, is their pace bowlers, who did quite well in England.

"He also likes to run the ball down to third man so may be play around with guys behind the wicket in different areas, just get inside his head as to what we are trying to do".

"With Smith and Warner not being there the pressure of winning will be that much more on Kohli". With the wicket, the extra grass, the thatchiness of the grass, it brings spin into play, it's spun from day one in the Shield game, we saw Popey [wrist spinner Lloyd Pope] take a seven-for on day one, so all round, Houghy's done an unbelievable job. "You don't get anything easy; they'll test us out over the next couple of days, which will be good, then you'll walk out into the middle knowing you've prepared well", he said.

India has yet to win a test series in Australia in 11 attempts and Pujara said breaking that drought was a large motivation.

"[It's] sad that it happened the first time he came out on the field", Ashwin said.

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The seasoned opener said that he was looking forward to playing Test cricket in Australia again, especially after enjoying a good series here in 2014. India had lost their first two encounters but they returned to salvage a draw in the final two clashes.

"He will undergo an intensive rehabilitation program to hasten the recovery and be available for selection at the earliest", Board of Control for Cricket in India bigwig Amitabh Choudhary said in a statement.

India's dismal record Down Under, which started with a crushing series loss to Don Bradman's side in 1948, is just five wins in 44 Tests. "I am confident but at the same time I would also like to respect the opposition". However, many former greats have tipped India as the favourites this time around against a weak Aussie side. "I think the bowlers when they compete, and they're fierce and aggressive, I think they have that", he said in Adelaide.

The team management's preference for a rest day comes after India were made to work hard on the field by Cricket Australia XI in their only warm-up match in Sydney last week. I am not saying we didn't have a good fast-bowling attack in the past.

"It is a very good one. It's going to be an exciting battle, hopefully we'll come out on top", he added.

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