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We have ‘options’ in place for Virat Kohli: Josh Hazlewood

06 December 2018

"Yes, Australian teams of the past have always had few words to say but it was always on the back of some good hostile bowling, you can't do without it. The fans have absolutely voted with their feet the last few years that we have had day-night Tests, we have been up for attendances", Bradshaw said.

"I just had an interview with Ricky Ponting and we went through the names of Australian Test captains over the years so it is a little bit daunting to be in a bracket with some of those guys". So, they are fresh and ready to go.

Opener Marcus Harris will make his global debut in the longest format for Australia having plundered over 4000 runs in 68 first-class matches.

"We know the talent Mitch has".

The second Test at Eden Gardens, Kolkata, in 2001 was all about one of India's greatest comebacks, and is regarded among the most exciting matches of all time.

Sharma will be looking forward to the extra bounce as he chases redemption in arguably the cruellest place for a touring bowler where each wicket has cost the touring bowlers 47 runs since 2000.

India and Australia will kick-start their Test campaign from December 6 at the Adelaide Oval.

So how will the likes of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins and Nathan Lyon quell the finest batsman on the planet? He notched his 23rd test century against England at last year's Boxing Day test in Melbourne. "They've always got Jadeja in their line-up as well who needs to have wickets that spin", Ponting said.

The three quicks, should they remain fit and firing through to the fourth and final Test in Sydney, will hope for another decent harvest against Virat Kohli's India.

For Tim Paine's team, however, Thursday's opening delivery of the first test against India marks the start of a long summer job to win back the hearts of a sceptical public. "You want to bat on days when it's 40-odd degrees".

"There was a lot of frustration and negative emotions in me specially after losing 0-4 in Australia because it was my dream to retire on a high and I was not able to achieve that and I was shattered", he said.

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. "I don't know the reason but it could be IPL, which helped to produce good fast bowlers", he added.

"I think he is a clever bowler, reads the batsman really well and if you see his recent bowling he has made a lot of adjustments which have helped him", said Pujara of Ashwin who has claimed Shaun Marsh four times.

We have ‘options’ in place for Virat Kohli: Josh Hazlewood