Australia's tour of India: A battle of the equals

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Smith said that he is one of the more hard bowlers to pick and his batsmen needed more effort to prepare for him. "They have a strong top-six or seven".

The Indian team was hit with the unfortunate news that Shikhar Dhawan had to leave the squad owing to his wife's illness. "So I would do that (open in Twenty20) any day if there is a guy in the middle order who is going to strengthen the side".

"It was a chance to train against someone that bowls the same", Smith said.

Having shared the dressing room with quite a few of the Australian batsmen at Mumbai Indians (MI) in Indian Premier League (IPL), Bumrah is well-equipped to hurt the visitors.

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Soon after the Sri Lanka series winds down, India are scheduled to tour South Africa for four Tests, five ODIs and three T20Is in January and February 2018.There are then two demanding tours to England and Australia later in 2018.Rohit acknowledged such hectic schedules were an intrinsic part of the modern game, and that it was down to the player to service himself. "It's unbelievable what four years of experience can do, and just a little bit of age", remarked Agar. "Whatever time I play, 8 years, 10 years or 12 years whatever it is, I will never think of that because it just doesn't come to me naturally". I'm sure no batsman will come into the fray thinking he is specialist opening batsman and needs to open the innings.

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"Nothing really changes. I'll tell you Travis will probably bat at four". In fact, even Zimbabwe have struck more often in fewer matches than India. I don't see myself doing that [taking a break], I want to play as much as possible. "There's a good chance he'll be filling the No. 4 spot", the Aussie skipper said. For us it is about trying to find the right group of players to fill all slots. Kohli said they won't be treating any series differently.

"I think it'll be played in good spirit", Smith had said in his press conference on Sunday "It's always a hard-fought contest playing against India and we're excited by the challenge of playing over here, ' he added. But I think it is a good opportunity to put their names up there and hopefully win some games for Australia".

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"One player who has impressed me a lot is Hardik Pandya, because... he is a tough player". We all know as professional cricketers we shouldn't cross our limits.

"I am not anxious about personal accolades or anything like that".

-India looking for third consecutive win at home: After winning bilateral series at home in 2010 and 2013, India are looking for a hat-trick of series wins at home. "Our bowlers have to be on the top of their game to keep them quiet this series", the 28-year-old added.

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