South Australian Cricket Association (SACA) chief executive Keith Bradshaw has claimed that ticket sales for the first Test between Indian and Australia at the Adelaide Oval have "suffered" following the refusal of hosts to play a day-night match at the venue.
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).
"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". "I think the bowlers when they compete, and they're fierce and aggressive, I think they have that", he said in Adelaide. If Ashwin can adjust to these conditions it could be a game-changer, especially with so many left-handers in Australia's XI.
"Our bowlers know what they have to do".
With the Test series not too far away, the Australian media has added yet another feather to its cap of "infamous reportage".
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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The annual summit of leaders of the top 20 economies of the world is being attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Kudlow said there were no scheduled talks on the ground for their advisers.
"We got what we wanted in the practice game and the trainer and the physio has been monitoring the workload", Pujara said. More recently he was in the stands for Nathan Lyon's last-day heroics to bowl out India in 2014, the emotional first Test played after the death of Phillip Hughes. India did lose the Test by an innings and 16 runs but Hazare's effort evoked praises from Australian media and the Don himself.
"But while things look good on paper for India, that has got to be translated into form on the field", he said.
On a personal front, Head, who made his Test debut in the Pakistan series in UAE this year, said that he will always be on the attack during the series. "The last time India were here, Lyono took a lot of wickets on day five and it spun quite a bit".
"When the Test match starts, if it [sledging] happens, it happens. But we all feel really good at the moment", he said.
Ponting also favoured his countrymen to win the four-match series 2-1 but also tipped Khawaja to be the leading run-scorer and player of the series. The two Shield games here have shown that if batters get in they can get runs. If you can get through these ones, you can get through anyone in the world.