Published: Thu, December 06, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Ricky Ponting offers strategic insight to unsettle Virat Kohli

Ricky Ponting offers strategic insight to unsettle Virat Kohli

"Sledging. I can't say what happens when we start off playing the first Test but one thing we are assured of is playing competitive cricket", said 30-year-old Pujara.

"With our bowling attack we're very confident and based on a year ago, we had quite a good template there and it worked pretty well (in the Ashes)".

"The nice Australian groups that I performed in all the time had a couple of phrases to mention, but it surely was once all the time at the again of a few just right, antagonistic bowling first".

Ahead of the upcoming four-Test match series between India and Australia, former Australia skipper Ricky Ponting on Monday offered a detailed strategic insight into how to unsettle India skipper Virat Kohli.

"India have a big decision to make there over what spinner they go with". "They are fine to go".

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"We know the talent Mitch has".

The chief executive said that the fans turned up in significant numbers when they had day-night Test match but the same is not the case with day games.

"You're always on your toes playing for Australia, you have got to be performing", he said. He probably just hasn't put it together consistently enough.

With 336 Test wickets in 64 matches to his name, Ravichandran Ashwin will be the leader of the pack in India's Test series Down Under. Going forward we've got full faith in him being a Test all-rounder.

Rahane, however, was keen to throw the pressure of expectation back on the host when the much-anticipated series gets underway in Adelaide on Thursday, and scoffed when he was asked whether Australia would be ripe for the picking.

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So how will the likes of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins and Nathan Lyon quell the finest batsman on the planet?

Matt Page assumed the prestigious role at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) late last year after five years at Perth's WACA Ground.

Having spent frustrating decades envying Pakistan's endless supply of fast bowlers across the border, India's excitement around their current pace attack is palpable but they would do well to temper their sunny optimism in Australia. The head coach distributed the article among his players before they arrived in Adelaide and ESPNcricinfo understands it has been discussed in a team meeting to establish bowling plans to each Indian batsman.

Archie suffers from a long term heart condition. "You want to bat on days when it's 40-odd degrees".

Hazlewood said spicy net sessions were the ideal preparation for whatever India were planning on throwing at Australia. If you see his recent bowling, he has made a lot of changes - I can't describe what it is in [a] press conference.

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