It was best to take a break before the Adelaide Test: Pujara

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Chipping away at the near-perfect batting technique of Indian skipper Virat Kohli is one thing, but if Australia's top six fails to fire and Tim Paine's world-class bowling outfit don't have any runs to defend then Justin Langer's first Test series on home soil is going to be a nightmare.

In the video, Kohli is seen ducking bouncers and dispatching imperious cover drives in Adelaide.

Ashwin's overall record in Australia is a less-than-flattering 21 wickets at 54.71, but Pujara hinted that he has some new tricks up his sleeve.

Australia's batting line-up misses prominent names such as Smith and Warner, both of which are now serving a one-year bans for their involvement in the infamous ball-tampering scandal in March 2018.

Human headline Kohli is dominating Indian angles in the build-up to the Test series against Australia starting Thursday.

Rahane and Kohli did that in the Boxing Day test on the last tour, putting together a fourth-wicket stand of 262 in India's first innings with scores of 147 and 169 respectively while illustrating their different approaches to the game.

Kohli, ready to spearhead India's bid for their maiden Test series win in Australia, predicts the opposition will "go hard" and attempt to get into his teammates' heads. "So it's about which team plays better, it's been that kind of pitch".

"Conceding 500 runs doesn't mean anything, I don't think it was a Test or very much anxious about it". The move robs them of match practice but may prove sensible in light of the quick turnaround between Tests.

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"This is something I believe in 120 per cent, and even they have faith in themselves".

Every Test, ODI, T20I, and BBL match live & ad-break free during play. "So it will be a good test for the Aussie batsmen", Watson said. So I had a discussion with John Wright and we thought it was important to enhance the batting skills of the bowlers.

"Most of our batters are experienced enough so when we go out there we just trust our preparation and try to perform to the best of our ability".

The common refrain from Australia in recent years, whenever questioned about sledging and poor behaviour, was that they play aggressively and occasionally headbutt the line but will never cross it.

Travis Head is predicting fierce net sessions will decide Australia's line-up for the first Test against India.

Having said that, Kuldeep's place in the playing XI is not assured in the upcoming Test series.

All-rounder and vice-captain Mitchell Marsh will offer another pace option to relieve Lyon and the fast bowlers should he be selected, but with a batting average of only 26.08, he may need runs to keep his spot.

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