Published: Tue, December 04, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Hosts are still favourites to win series, says Ajinkya Rahane

Hosts are still favourites to win series, says Ajinkya Rahane

A theory is, of course, only as good as its execution and if Australia do adopt this tactic to the India captain it may be a question of the bowlers holding their collective nerve, particularly if he starts scoring freely.

They also boast a batting order full of proven performers. In reply, Australia made 328, helped by Ian Healy's 90. He produced one of his most dazzling innings, taking apart Warne and fellow spinner Gavin Robertson in a magnificent unbeaten 155 from 191 balls that changed the course of the match. So it all depends on how we want to play the game because like I mentioned the in the first 20 overs, there is something in it for the ball, for the bowlers with the Kookabura.

"There is a massive home ground advantage for Australia". India are the No.1 side in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Team Rankings, and though they haven't won series in the countries considered the toughest to tour for teams from the subcontinent, they have competed hard, an ICC report on Sunday said.?Now the focus is purely and exclusively on making the team win at any cost, ?

It highlights how pivotal India's bowling will be to their hopes of a landmark series victory.

The discussion veers to India's best opening pairs in Australia: Sunil Gavaskar-Chetan Chauhan, Gavaskar-Kris Srikkanth and Virender Sehwag-Aakash Chopra, and Tendulkar responds.

"There is no doubt it's a big hole to fill with Smith and Warner missing but there is no doubt that we still have the quality to be able to fill those runs that we need to win".

Such a hiatus is unthinkable in the modern era, with Cricket Australia and other boards falling over themselves to host India and enjoy the lucrative bonus delivered by the nation that generates the vast majority of global cricket revenue.

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Debate over workload management is likely to pop up at some point this series, especially with a three-day turnaround between the first and second Tests.

The row saw the India threaten to pull out of the tour and on appeal the ban was lifted and the charge downgraded to abusive language, leaving relations between the teams tense.

India, on their part, will have to take a lesson from their failures in South Africa and England to counter the Aussie threat and bat as a unit if they are to achieve the unprecedented.

But in a bad-tempered few days, Ravi Jadeja picked up 6/63 to ensure the tourists led by just 87. However, India will have to defy the odds to win the opener.

"Looking at how much experience we have gained in the four years since we have last been here, and how the team has played, we definitely feel we have what it takes to win Test matches away from home", he said in an interview with Macquarie Radio.

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