Murali Vijay aims for good start against Australia


The inexorable rise of Twenty20 cricket has sparked fears that the Test format is in serious jeopardy - but the longest form of the game has a powerful advocate in India captain Virat Kohli.

"Looking at how much experience we have gained in the four years since we have last been here, and how the team has played, we definitely feel we have what it takes to win Test matches away from home", he said in an interview with Macquarie Radio. "From a bowling point of view, it is just defence from ball one, in T20 you have got a bit more chance to try and attack".

The Australians will be coming face-to-face with famously combative Indian skipper Virat Kohli, who thrives on the verbal banter and has never been shy of riling the opposition. "Initially we conceded a few runs with the new ball and then we realised what lengths we had to bowl and what sort of fields we need", Ashwin said.

The inaugural day-night Test at the Adelaide Oval had ended in three days while the second one was extended to four days.

Murali Vijay hit a stylish century Saturday to strengthen his bid to open the batting in the first Test against Australia, after India's rusty bowlers struggled against a young CA XI.

Even still, India were unable to snare the final wicket of the innings as tail-enders Luke Robins (38 not out) and Jackson Coleman (36) made good on D'Arcy's Short promise the Australians would not declare and do everything they could to grind India into the ground. I think it'll be a good wicket all round. As the Shield season's gone on, the wicket's become quicker. It'll offer something for everyone.

"We utilised all three days (in Sydney) properly". India lost the match by 48 runs. "If you can't beat an Australia without Smith and Warner then who you will beat?"

As for the competition provided by the inclusion of Marcus Harris and Peter Handscomb, alongside five of the batsmen who turned out in the UAE against Pakistan, Head predicted plenty of willing contests in the nets, not least when Starc, Hazlewood and Cummins are charging in.

Rohit Sharma, who made a comeback to the test squad after a poor show in South Africa earlier this year, did not get to the half century mark but scored a stroke-filled 40, studded with five fours and a six.

"I'll know I'm ready to go". From batting point of view, you only have a couple of balls to get your eye in. "It's going to be an exciting battle, hopefully we'll come out on top", he added.