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

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Of course, conditions have changed in the modern era with neutral umpires and the decision review system in place.

Langer, of course, has started his tenure as Australian coach by nailing down the key criteria for selection in the top six: runs, runs and more runs.

The follow-on was enforced with India in real danger of going 2-0 down in the series before VVS Laxman (281) and Rahul Dravid (180) knuckled down in a memorable and gritty 376-run stand for the fifth wicket as India made 657 for 7 before declaring. Hazlewood, Starc and Cummins have been beasts at home in Test cricket.

Cricket Australia took to Twitter to share the pictures of Archie training alongside the team before the start of the first Test.

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Balancing the pace attack is Ravichandran Ashwin's offspin, a traditional bugbear of the Aussie batsmen if the weapon is consistently deployed. Kohli scored a stunning match-winning fifty in the third T20I before compiling another impressive fifty against Cricket Australia XI in the tour game. The world's top-ranked Test batsman, when facing Siddle, plays a false shot at 23.1 per cent of deliveries - more than against any other member of this Australia team. The 1985-86 side was one of the finer Team India combinations. Most of our batters are experienced enough.

The Meerut-born medium-pacer will aim to improve his previous record in Australia as he managed to claim just one wicket in the only Test he played Down Under in 2015.

"I don't know what the connection is but I just feel really good here", Kohli said on Wednesday. Yes they will miss Smith and Warner but I don't think they are vulnerable. This was by none other than Dennis Lillee. "But at the same time I would like to respect the opposition".

2003, Adelaide Oval (four wickets): The visitors took a 1-0 series lead in stunning fashion, bouncing off the ropes after Ponting's knock of 242 piloted his side to an imposing total of 556. I am not saying we didn't have a good fast-bowling attack in the past.

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Nathan Lyon returns to his spiritual cricket home at the peak of powers with bitter-sweet memories of a career defining performance against India in the Phillip Hughes Test. Outplayed for 89 days, Team India was to bounce back to share the honours. "He loves to run the ball down to 3rd guy so much as smartly, so possibly simply mess around with some guys in numerous spaces which may simply get inside of his head as to what we are seeking to do", he stated.

"Personally I learnt a lot from last tour (in Australia)". Paine said playing always helps and he was confident that a four-bowler attack would do the necessary job in the first Test.

The 170-year-old SCG, alongside Brisbane's The Gabba, is only one of two major Australian grounds left using a traditional pitch, which remains in the ground and is adjusted for different sports and seasons.

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