India unchanged for first two Australia tests

It will take a "collective bowling effort" from Australia to counter the Virat Kohli phenomenon but former batsman Mike Hussey believes that Mitchell Starc with his abilities will pose some serious challenge for the Indian captain throughout the Test series. "That's the key in the subcontinent, you have to play spin well and bowl spin well".

The same India cricket team side that took on the recently-concluded one-off test between India and Bangladesh in Hyderabad, has been named for the first two Test matches.

"Batting in Test cricket is about making good decisions and doing that for long periods of time", he said.

Mishra hurt his knee while fielding during India's Twenty20 win over England in Bengaluru on February 1. "We know he's going to be hard to face, but hopefully our guys will keep him out of the game as much as possible". The left-arm spinner landed one on the rough that spun and jumped with Shakib (22) awkwardly fending it to Pujara at forward short leg.

He was also not included in the team for the lone Test against Bangladesh which India won by 208 runs.

"Definitely, I am not going to come out with it (plans) in the open", Smith said with a smile.

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Australia later defeated India 2-0 in a four-Test rubber played Down Under in the 2014-15 season. Our two big quicks - Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc - are very good reverse-swing bowlers. "We have played the turning ball, bouncing ball".

Australia, which sit at the second spot in the ICC Test Rankings following a 3-0 whitewash in their home series against Pakistan, will face a herculean task against India. The current Australian skipper's scores of 92, 5, 46 and 18 in the final two Tests of that series enhanced his reputation as one of the best players of spin in the world.

But as Kohli had pointed out before the game that one thing he has learnt is to be patient during tiresome phases of play. The last time Australia played in conditions similar to India, they were whitewashed 3-0 in Sri Lanka past year.

"Each of our individuals play the way they play". All the guys are excited by the challenge of what's to come in the next six weeks.

The world's second-ranked team have had a training camp in Dubai to prepare for the tour and Australia will also play a three-day practice match against an India A side from Thursday, before they head to Pune for the opening Test from February 23. "At times they look like they over-attack, and at times they look like they over-defend - there's no in-between", he said.