Key match-ups for Australia-India series

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Having proved his credentials as a batsman in Australia four years ago, Virat Kohli returns for a series Down Under that could well define his legacy as India captain. "That was the key past year, the partnerships".

"You've got to have pretty strong shoulders", Lewis told AFP.

Word of advice: Get your headphones on when you watch this video. You can't please everybody. "I think there's little things that might just get inside his mind", he said.

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Last time Rahane was in Australia, he and Kohli put up a batting masterclass on the Boxing Day test as the put together a fourth-wicket stand of 262 in India's first innings with scores of 147 and 169 respectively.

The governing body said it did not change over the five days of the match against England, giving neither batsmen nor bowlers a chance to seize control of the match, which ended in a tedious draw. So it's about which team plays better, it's been that kind of pitch. Try as they might, Team India was never able to pull off a series victory Down Under. At least one game of the Test series in Australia was performed with a pink ball. Worse, they aren't sure about their brand of cricket.

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"I was the one who suggested that we should go back home immediately because it was clear it was one-sided and it was not fair but Anil (Kumble) showed great leadership qualities and managed everything", Laxman said during the Delhi launch of his book "281 and Beyond" here. We're drawing all the water from the soil, we're taking all the moisture out of the leaf, we're basically taking that plant all the way to the nth degree", saidLewis."And then we're trying to bring it back to life again to regrow.

Asked about the perceived deficiency within Australia following the bans on Steve Smith and David Warner, Kohli cautioned: "I don't think any Australian side is vulnerable at home". After averaging 7.50 with the bat across Australia's two-Test tour of Pakistan, where he was turned to for 30 overs and took two wickets at 49.00, Marsh has looked in fine fettle in domestic cricket. "He is very confident now and whatever adjustments he has to make he has already done it".

Virat Kohli sought comfort from a familiar venue where he found enormous success and hoped that his men would compete well against Australia.

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Spearhead Ishant Sharma averages 62 over 10 Tests in Australia and took 1-73 in Sydney. But veteran opener Murali Vijay, who was dropped following a pair in the second Test against England this year, rose to the challenge with a century in the same match and is expected to face the new ball with KL Rahul.

Cherry on top is Jasprit Bumrah, whose sling-arm action and awkward release point along with his ability to bowl yorkers nearly at will adds an X-factor to the unit.

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