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India vs Australia: India is 'smelling blood' concedes Australian coach Justin Langer

India vs Australia: India is 'smelling blood' concedes Australian coach Justin Langer

Going by the record in South Africa and England, India have two issues to iron out and overcome in Australia - a well rounded batting effort and a good start to an inning.

With four Tests in a month, some of them on unforgiving tracks, the value of Marsh's bowling should increase through the series.

"They haven't had great success in Australia in the past, as Australia haven't had in India".

The last time they met, India won an engrossing series 2-1 on home soil, with Smith hitting three centuries. It's time to sit back and observe as Australia seeks to rebuild its reputation in a four Test series against world cricket's powerhouse nation.

In the wake of the tampering scandal, Australia vowed to overhaul their infamous win-at-all-costs attitude, tone down the sledging and be more respectful. "Gaining the respect of our country is as high a priority as is winning", said the wicketkeeper-batsman in the pre-match press conference on Wednesday.

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"It's just about picking your time and picking your moment and doing what the team requires", he said. "Numerous players are coming here for the second or the third time, so we have got a reasonable chance for playing good cricket and make the fans enjoy the tour", the premier off-spinner added. It was his limited overs show that got him in the reckoning and now it is up to him to make the most of this and cement his spot as a Test player as well.

India would go with the opening pair of Murali Vijay and KL Rahul with Cheteshwar Pujara at three, followed by Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane.

Rohit Sharma is likely to be the player to be left out if Vihari gets the nod at number six but that appears to be the only question mark as the rest of the team is relatively settled, and they do rely heavily once again on their top seven batsmen as the tail does lack quality with the bat unlike the hosts.

India have picked Ashwin as their lone spinner while the trio of Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami will handle the pace bowling duties.

"As this series wears on, and we get to places where the wicket might be a bit flatter and conditions might be a little warmer, our bowlers will be a bit exhausted then the all rounder position becomes important", said Paine.


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