Kohli backing gives Gower hope for Test cricket's future

India's Murali Vijay hits a shot on the fourth day of the tour match against Cricket Australia XI at the SCG in SydneyMore

India's Murali Vijay hits a shot on the fourth day of the tour match against Cricket Australia XI at the SCG in SydneyMore

Brushing off any disappointment from being dropped midway through the England Test series, India opener Murali Vijay said on Saturday he will fancy his chances on the bouncier Australian wickets, which favour his backfoot game.

Paine said the Australians were plotting the downfall of Kohli but would rely on old-age methods rather than funky field placings and bowling plans.

"I always say he is a clever bowler and reads the batsmen really well".

Ponting also provided a game plan for how he would look to counter Kohli, encouraging the Australians to play on his ego by cutting off the boundaries and making run-scoring as hard as possible with tight lines.

The 2018 Border-Gavaskar Test series, will get underway after India and Australia played out a 1-1 draw in the T20 global series. Had he been the captain, Ponting says he wouldn't have allowed Kohli to get a good start.

"With Smith and Warner not being there the pressure of winning will be that much more on Kohli".

In response, the team produced a so-called Players' Pact, urging Australians to "compete with us, smile with us, fight with us, dream with us".

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"So this is his opportunity, because the next cycle of overseas matches will come after a couple of years and who knows what happens in that much time", he said. In their previous 11 tours, they have only managed to win five matches out of 44 Tests they have played in Australia. India had lost their first two encounters but they returned to salvage a draw in the final two clashes.

Tests by contrast - outside England and Australia - are often played in front of sparse crowds in big, echoing arenas.

On Australia, Chappell said the hosts would be surprising quite a few if they manage to put 350-plus totals on the board consistently. As for sledging, I can not say what happens when we start off playing the first Test.

"And, hopefully, this time around, a full series", said Kohli, who recently became the fastest to reach 10 000 runs in ODIs, surpassing India legend and former captain Sachin Tendulkar. I can't say what their gameplan is, but they know what line and lengths to bowl in Australia, and majority have played here in 2014-15.

However Australia batsman Travis Head is confident the pace trio of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins will keep Kohli in check.

Steve Waugh has called India's four-Test tour of Australia a significant chance for the visitors to win their first Test series in the country and reckoned it will be a "really close" affair. I have seen him rattled.

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