Adelaide Domain Test - Australia vs India

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It isn't the only headache for captain Kohli, who knows the quality and consistency of his attack is likely to decide whether India's bid for a maiden Test series win in Australia is successful. "Last time he was here, Kohli played really well", he said.

"I always say he is a clever bowler and reads the batsmen really well". Nathan Lyon bagged seven wickets in the second essay to finish the match with 12, to guide Australia take a 1-0 lead.

The outcome of the first Test could set the tone for the four-match series.

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. So is it easier or more hard for the batsmen batting around Kohli?

One of the predominant theories surrounding the touring captain is that he thrives on confrontation, but Ponting does not believe that means the Australians can't "get under his skin".

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"[It's] sad that it happened the first time he came out on the field", Ashwin said. "When you go out there you want to perform to best of your ability rather than thinking whether there is extra pressure or not", he said.

The gap between the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne and the final match in Sydney is also short, so there may will be a role to play for reserve seamers Peter Siddle and his uncapped Victoria team mate Chris Tremain. "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". However, many former greats have tipped India as the favourites this time around against a weak Aussie side. Australian batsman Nielsen also appreciated Kohli after the wicket, Nielsen tapped Kohli's shoulder.

"It's going to be a real challenge. but I think our bowling attack is as good, if not better, than anyone (else) in the world".

Team India will be desperate to rewrite the history books when they resume their fierce rivalry against Australia in the four-match Border Gavaskar Trophy starting from December 6 (Thursday).

"The thing with Virat, he has every plan under the sun tried against him and he has countered all of them", Paine said. "We know he's a good player, I've seen it first-hand at Bengaluru. As a bowling unit we are very confident and the bowlers will stick to their basics". "It's going to be an exciting battle, hopefully we'll come out on top", he added.

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