India's practice game vs Cricket Australia ends in draw

Elena Summers
December 5, 2018

Hardie's unbeaten knock concluded a poor day for India, with opener Prithvi Shaw set to miss next week's first Test against Australia because of an ankle injury, while the tourists' bowlers were given a reality check in their only tune-up. "I can't describe what it is, not in front of the media".

The Indians have never won a Test series in Australia but boast arguably the best batsman in the world, Virat Kohli. "He's very confident now and whatever adjustments he has to make, he's already done it".

Rohit Sharma, who made a comeback to the test squad after a poor show in South Africa earlier this year, did not get to the half century mark but scored a stroke-filled 40, studded with five fours and a six.

"They know what line and lengths to bowl in Australia, and majority have played here in 2014-15".

"The way you buzz around the field, the way you cut down runs, the way you create pressure, you don't have to say anything to have mongrel. Our bowlers know what they have to do", he said. And when we are out there batting, it's about batting as a unit.

Despite his warnings, Paine said he was as keen as anyone for the team to play to their strengths, and if that meant some sledging to give them an edge then so be it. "Those three guys and there are couple in the wings who are high-quality fast bowlers". "I grew up in Brisbane, so I used to go to the first day of the Test all the time."It's unusual that the first Test is not in Brisbane because Gabba's pace, bounce and swing against the away team is always an advantage".

"Being the number one Test team, we always look to win each and every series, and this is no different".

"We're taking the opportunity at the moment to actually send him back to play a Shield game, get some more cricket under his belt, knowing at some stage we're probably going to need him". We would like to perform well and start off well.

There have been many instances of on-field heated exchanges between players of the two teams in the past series. We definitely want to win the series, but one Test match at a time. "From my perspective, it's hard to imagine that the first Test of the series is not at Gabba", Watson told CricketNext from Sharjah where he captained the Sindhis in the T10 League that culminated in Sharjah on Sunday night.

Pujara said the visitors are not bothered about sledging. "Obviously with an eye to the first Test we were trying to keep them out there as long as we could and help the Test team". When the Test starts, if it happens, it happens; we are not very focussed on it.

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