Australian media trolled for taking a dig at Team India

Watch Virat Kohli dismissed by a stunning catch from Usman Khawaja

India usually field one spinner in overseas Tests, and going by the amount of overs bowled by Ravichandran Ashwin in the practice match against Cricket Australia XI, the team management made it clear that Ashwin would be India's first choice.

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

The Aussie media's jibe at Team India has invited an outrage on social media both in Australia and India and it has not gone down well with their readers itself.

There is an overwhelming sense of anticipation about the upcoming Test series between India and Australia.

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

Australia's 2-0 win over India in 2014/15 was marked by a string of conduct violations, with Kohli one of the chief antagonists in a heated series.

The Australian squad will begin their preparations in earnest on Monday at training at Adelaide Oval for the series-opener starting on Thursday.

"Personally I learnt a lot from last tour (in Australia)".

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Even so, the excitement building up around the Tests - with millions expected to tune in to watch powerhouse India take on Australia - is shared by the curators.Page nominates Boxing Day Test as the biggest event on his calendar since he started in Melbourne. You have to go with a positive mindset whether you have a regular number six batsman or not.

"What we are focused on is to play good cricket and to win the Test series here".

The outcry reflected just how important the pitch is to players, fans and administrators who have invested time - and lots of money - to watch a dramatic contest.Despite the huge pressure, the curators are focused on the root of their jobs - nurturing the plants and trying to get the best out of them every time.

When asked about his personal growth as a batsman since he first came here as part of the 2014-15 touring party, Rahane said, "As a batsman in 2014, personally I thought I did really well but what the team's performance matters more".

"Something's got me 350-odd wickets in my Test career, something's got him 300-odd wickets in his career. This is where my first class career started a few years ago, a great place to play cricket".

"It's very important to soak together good partnerships as a bowling group and then try and knock the wickets over". But from 20 to 60 overs that is when India have to make inroads and pick up wickets or at least control the game.

Should that be the case this summer, the fears over quick bowlers breaking down will remain, and the spinners will play a key role in easing the load - but Hazlewood didn't look too much into it.

"[India] have played a lot at home since they toured Australia last's probably only Virat [Kohli] that has stood out. A lot of the other haven't scored too numerous runs", he added. "It's about weighing that up and adapting to what we find out in the middle".



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