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Human headline Kohli is dominating Indian angles in the build-up to the Test series against Australia starting Thursday.

His performance has been below par in Australia in comparison to his overall Test record.

"When it comes to our fast bowling attack this is one of the best we have had for many years". I think we have a well-balanced bowling attack and some strong batsmen, which will mean that we will be very competitive in what promises to be a challenging series. He has made some adjustments which have helped him and he has also played some county cricket and played enough cricket in England which are different conditions, overseas, and obviously there's not much help for the spinner.

That day he took on Indian pace duo Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav - both in line to lead the tourist's attack in Adelaide - as well as the twin spin terrors of Ravi Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja. He has played just five Tests but has been remarkable as he already has 19 wickets to his name at a notable average of 25.26.

Absolutely! The (first) Australian trip was one of the defining tours of my life.

The grass and soil are measured and analysed to make sure they are healthy and have the right amount of compaction and moisture.Most attention is focused on the pitch - a 20.12-metre (22 yards) long and 3.05-metre wide patch of very short grass bounded between the wickets.

Having said that, Kuldeep's place in the playing XI is not assured in the upcoming Test series.

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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.

India regularly posted first-innings scores in excess of 400 in that series, but lost the first two matches in Adelaide and Brisbane before drawing the MCG and SCG Tests.

Mitchell Johnson and Virat Kohli clashed regularly in the 2014-15 series. "They know how the wicket behaves and it is all about intent as batsmen". "We have got a really close relationship with all the curators".

"Apart from Kohli himself no other batsman is making runs".

Marsh looks likely to hold onto his Test spot at Adelaide Oval after rediscovering form with the bat in the Sheffield Shield. India's death-overs specialist is expected to play a big role in the series ahead as he impressed one and all with a stunning yorker to dismiss tail-ender Jackson Coleman in the four-day practice match in Sydney.

It's a formline that dictates he is the key man in the Indian batting order.

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Archie, from Barossa Valley, Australia, received the call from the United Arab Emirates as the national team played against Pakistan.

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