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Monday, 26 November 2018

Indian quicks talking big ahead of Test series


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India's bowlers believe they're ready to finally deliver Down Under as the tourists eye a maiden Test series victory in Australia.

Preparations for next week's first Test in Adelaide are scheduled to ramp up with a four-day tour match against a Cricket Australia XI at the SCG starting on Wednesday, although heavy rain is forecast for day one.

The world's No.1 ranked side remain favourites for the four-Test series, with the Aussies still reeling from the repercussions of the ball-tampering saga and the gaping holes it has left in their batting line up.

But there are also questions for India, and they are not all about their batsmen adjusting to the bouncy wickets against one of the most dangerous attacks in the world.

Their bowlers have rarely fired in the conditions, with the fact they've averaged more than 40 runs per wicket on their last five tours evidence of that.

Veteran quick Ishant Sharma says their performances in the similar conditions of South Africa earlier this year - where he Mohammed Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar each averaged 20 or less - shows they can step up here.

"We have a healthy competition in the pace attack, a lot of fast bowlers are there," Sharma said.

"If you are not doing well, you can be left sitting out and watching the game. I think it's a great opportunity to do well in any conditions.

"We (as a pace attack) did well on the last two tours of South Africa and England.

"We are not even thinking like we have a pressure situation, we always think that we have an opportunity to do well instead."

Sharma's own record is indicative of India's problems in Australia. He has an average of 62.15 on three tours of the country.

Strike spinner Ravichandran Ashwin's isn't much better at 54.71 - a figure that is more than double his career return of 25.44.

Only medium-pacer Shami - who is a noted swinger of the ball - has at least enjoyed success in Australia when he took 17 wickets at 17.29 in the 2015 one-day World Cup, and he is also the team's leading Test wicket-taker this year.

They'll also face an Australian team with far less Test batting experience than they have in the past.

"I'm not that kind of person who thinks about what happened in the past," Sharma said.

"I am always looking forward to what happens in the future.

"We don't even think of personal performances - just one aim, to win a series in Australia."

India's bowlers believe they're ready to finally deliver Down Under as the tourists eye a maiden Test series victory in Australia.

Preparations for next week's first Test in Adelaide are scheduled to ramp up with a four-day tour match against a Cricket Australia XI at the SCG starting on Wednesday, although heavy rain is forecast for day one.

The world's No.1 ranked side remain favourites for the four-Test series, with the Aussies still reeling from the repercussions of the ball-tampering saga and the gaping holes it has left in their batting line up.

But there are also questions for India, and they are not all about their batsmen adjusting to the bouncy wickets against one of the most dangerous attacks in the world.

Their bowlers have rarely fired in the conditions, with the fact they've averaged more than 40 runs per wicket on their last five tours evidence of that.

Veteran quick Ishant Sharma says their performances in the similar conditions of South Africa earlier this year - where he Mohammed Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar each averaged 20 or less - shows they can step up here.

"We have a healthy competition in the pace attack, a lot of fast bowlers are there," Sharma said.

"If you are not doing well, you can be left sitting out and watching the game. I think it's a great opportunity to do well in any conditions.

"We (as a pace attack) did well on the last two tours of South Africa and England.

"We are not even thinking like we have a pressure situation, we always think that we have an opportunity to do well instead."

Sharma's own record is indicative of India's problems in Australia. He has an average of 62.15 on three tours of the country.

Strike spinner Ravichandran Ashwin's isn't much better at 54.71 - a figure that is more than double his career return of 25.44.

Only medium-pacer Shami - who is a noted swinger of the ball - has at least enjoyed success in Australia when he took 17 wickets at 17.29 in the 2015 one-day World Cup, and he is also the team's leading Test wicket-taker this year.

They'll also face an Australian team with far less Test batting experience than they have in the past.

"I'm not that kind of person who thinks about what happened in the past," Sharma said.

"I am always looking forward to what happens in the future.

"We don't even think of personal performances - just one aim, to win a series in Australia."

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