Some will nurse a rare feeling of apprehension having read reports about the country's worst ever batting lineup set to take on an Indian team with a rare surfeit of quality pacemen.
"It's hard work. You don't get anything easy". It is not a change of minds, but a decision forced on them. "This is where my first class career started a few years ago, a great place to play cricket". And to sustain mental strength across a full tour of Australia with all that sledging and 'aggro was a challenge that has proved beyond any Indian team in history.
But the superstar added he expects that in every Test, suggesting this summer will be played in better spirits than recent heated Border-Gavaskar contests. It wasn't a Test match so we are not anxious about it. In fact, it was the fifth-highest run aggregate for any opposition batsman in a series in Australia.
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Australian fast bowler Josh Hazlewood reckons that the Indian batting might be the best in the world but can be tamed if their captain Virat Kohli is kept under control. The 1985-86 side was one of the finer Team India combinations. We shouldn't sit back and let anyone bully the way we go about playing our cricket, especially at home. "They are more experienced, and the guys are way fitter than they were when they came here last time. It's not been told to them; they only are talking about it, which I think is a very positive sign". This was by none other than Dennis Lillee.
"Their batsmen, yes, are not that experienced but still I feel they are equally unsafe". "At the same time I'm trying to keep it as simple as I can".
India and Australia will kick-start their Test campaign from December 6 at the Adelaide Oval. After Australia posted a big total of 445, with Matthew Hayden making 97 and Steve Waugh 110, their bowling attack led by Glenn McGrath skittled the home side for 171.
Travis Head sounded a warning to India ahead of the Test series citing the Aussie quicks, who have been drowned in the fervour created by India's own pace attack. We know most likely at some stage in this series we'll need him, so we're taking the opportunity at the moment to send him back to play a Shield game, get more cricket under his belt, knowing at some stage we're probably going to need him. Not even a rejuvenated Kapil and Manoj Prabhakar proved incisive enough a combination to be able to bowl Australia out cheaply enough. One of the characteristics that we have noticed is that we are quite down in interstate sales given it's a day Test, not a day-night Test. He hit the widening cracks in 7-27 on the final day to leave India wrecked at 4-0.