Published: Thu, February 16, 2017
Sports | By Jaime Goodwin

India squad announced: Kohli and co. raring to take on the Aussies

India squad announced: Kohli and co. raring to take on the Aussies

The outcome of the Test series will decide many things, including the team and players' rankings.

With the long Indian home season now approaching its last leg, the four-Test series against Australia will be an opportunity for a certain Ravichandran Ashwin to once again make merry on conducive wickets by running through the opposition batting order. The squad picked is only for the first two Tests.

India are now on a 19-match unbeaten streak.

There have been some Indian Test pitches which have justified such a damning label. "A spinner will need to possess variations in flight and an adjustable width of spin to succeed in India", adds the former national selector. Lyon, who has 228 wickets from 63 matches, had 15 scalps on the 2012-13 tour of India, including a seven for 94 in the first innings at the Kotla. I have a game plan for him - I have to bat against his strength.

India have retained the same squad from the Test against Bangladesh for the first two matches of the series against Australia.

Steve Waugh famously described a tour of India as the "Final Frontier", and that was back in the early 2000s when Australia's global hegemony was more or less unrivalled. Referring to the Aussies' humiliating 3-0 series drubbing in Sri Lanka a year ago, the former pacer said the team will need to come up with a plan to excel on Indian tracks.

"They've got the fast bowling attack to exploit these conditions".

"I think reverse-swing is going to be incredibly important in this series as well".

"In the [Asian] sub-continent, you don't have that bounce, you don't have that seam, you don't have that carry".

Australia, who are yet to win a Test in India since upsetting the hosts 2-1 in the best-of-three rubber way back in 2004-05, will commence their tour with a three-day warm-up game here against an India A squad.

Australian captain Steven Smith during a press conference ahead of the India vs Australia test series.

"It will be hard to beat India with pace alone on these slow wickets". Guys want to get into those battles verbally, if they get the best out of them, and then go for it. The great Warne backed them up. India are 1/6 to complete a routine series win, with Australia a distant 10/1 to wrap up a surprise result. We are playing as a team and that's been the difference. Australian cricket team have arrived in India and have started practicing.

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