Favourites India wary of an Australia upheaval in tour opener

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While India are coming off crushing series wins over the Windies in all three formats, Australia are still reeling from the ball-tampering scandal that rocked the nation in March. There were some real tight Test matches and we lost some big moments badly, which cost us the series at the end of it.

Stressing on the significance of putting up a good performance in Australia ahead of the 2019 World Cup, Rohit said: "When you do well in Australia, you feel good as a team and thinking about the World Cup ahead, it can only give you confidence winning in places like Australia". "It was a shortened game - 10 overs a side - so you can not make too much out of it", Sharma said, not reading too much into Australia's defeat.

"Similarly, we are taking no prisoners and we want to go out and put our best foot forward, focussing on our game rather than focussing outside", he sounded cautious. "Whatever series we play our aim is to win that series, we don't want to be a team that wins one-odd Test match here and there".

South African skipper Faf du Plessis has professed a "silent treatment" to Kohli and it remains to be seen if the Australian cricketers and the public can ignore him at all.

"Whenever we have played here, it has always challenged us as a batting unit". We won the game in which we committed fewer mistakes. "It's not going to be that easy to everyone has to make it count", Sharma said. So we are ready to accept that, change our fortunes and come out with some exceptional performance. "It is not going to be easy but we have quality in our group". But even if they blast the Australians out of the postcode this week, everything will be digested in the context of how they are in the Test series, which swings into life on December 6. The first T20I of the series will be played at the iconic Gabba in Brisbane.

Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan feature among the top five run-getters in T20Is this year, with the former having registered two three-figure scores.

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"Last time when we were here, especially talking about the T20s, we did pretty well here".

Waugh also touted Virat Kohli as a "great leader and batsman" and said if a couple more follow the captain and score runs, they have a chance against Australia.

Glenn Maxwell was the lone spinner then, but it is understood that the hosts will alter their plans keeping in mind the conditions and bigger dimensions of the ground here. "We have never been a team that started something, but we always draw a line at our self-respect".

"I've had good times in Australia playing white-ball cricket".

Hailed as one the most destructive batsmen in the world, Glenn Maxwell is a force to reckon with in limited-overs cricket. "In places like Brisbane and Perth, the good bounce allows me to play my game because I have grown up playing on cement pitches back home", he said.

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