Australia vs India: Shane Watson predicts the victor of the Test series


Brushing off any disappointment from being dropped midway through the England Test series, India opener Murali Vijay said on Saturday he will fancy his chances on the bouncier Australian wickets, which favour his backfoot game. "So one man's show is not likely to win you a series overseas", veteran sports journalist Ayaz Memon said.

The big total from the home batsmen was a reality check for India's bowlers, who failed to impress.

Australia's bottom six batsman made 306 runs between them, with wicketkeeper Harry Nielsen the shining light with a measured 100 that frustrated an Indian team wanting to get more batting practice.

"With Smith and Warner not being there the pressure of winning will be that much more on Kohli".

"When you are travelling to these places, the opening pair becomes very critical".

In addition, much in line with what Kohli said, Pujara reiterated that India's focus will be to win their maiden Test series in Australia.

"Being the No.1 Test team, we always look to win each and every series and this is no different".

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"[It's] sad that it happened the first time he came out on the field", Ashwin said. As an 18-year-old, Tendulkar won the approving nod and admiration of the Australian cricket fraternity when he scored an unconquered 148 in the first innings of the Sydney Test and 114 in the first innings of the Perth Test - both on his debut tour of Down Under in 1991-92. India had lost their first two encounters but they returned to salvage a draw in the final two clashes.

Despite his warnings, Paine said he was as keen as anyone for the team to play to their strengths, and if that meant some sledging to give them an edge then so be it.

"He's a young boy who has come to play in Australia for the first time, had a dream start to his Test career, so it's hit him pretty hard".

"I always say he is a clever bowler, he reads the batsmen really well.I think he has made a lot of changes".

"Mitchell Johnson definitely rattled him a few times with some good, hostile bowling and some good, hostile body language around him".

He can't really figure it out yet but Ian Chappell believes India would be "missing" something in the Test series against Australia and will end up on the losing side despite things looking good for them on paper.

"It is a very good one. So it'll be an exciting week, a challenging week facing them, but a couple of days of training and we'll be ready to go".