Miraz gets spin tips from India's Ashwin for 'long, successful' career

If Aussies can do that, then we will have a chance [to perform well in the Test matches].

Gameplan for in-form Virat Kohli: Yes, we're trying to form a game plan, but I'm not going to tell you what it is.

For young players like off spinners Mehedi Hasan Miraz, it was a great opportunity to world number one bowler Ravichandran Ashwin. The last time Australia played in conditions similar to India, they were whitewashed 3-0 in Sri Lanka a year ago. So, he's obviously a big player for India along with some of their other batters.

For the ninth Test in a row at home this marathon season, India played on a pitch that didn't offer them any special benefits. "They have some match-winners in the team and I think Sourav is a bit optimistic. anything can happen", Waugh was quoted as saying in Hindustan Times. "The partnership between spinners and fast bowlers has been wonderful to see".

Just one series after, Kohli took some bold reviews which went in his team's favour. Hopefully they have done their homework in the UAE and worked hard on turning pitches and are able to play well against this high-quality Indian attack. I think it's totally different to back home in Australia, where you need to do things in the air rather than off the wicket. And that's why we stand where we are and having that streak is not down to 2-3 people, it is a combined effort of all the guys.

The 47-year-old has tipped Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazelwood, two of Australia's main bowlers who have the ability to torment the Indian batsmen in the series.

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But the players got a massive shock when they found no help from BCCI to load their baggage.

"Once he really settles down and gets to know his game back to front, I think he'll be really good". It's all about us making sure as individuals, we're in the right mindset to go out and succeed.

"In the end it's about us playing on skill and making sure that our skills are in the best place for us to succeed in these conditions".

Ganguly had recently come out in the media to say that Australia, who are set to play a four match Test series in India starting next week, run the risk of losing 4-0. "There are times in the game when you can attack a lot more and times when you need to defend a little bit and let the game take its course for a little while".

I feel he bowls a lot like Jadeja, and could be someone who could be a handful against the Indian team. Perhaps, the visitor's recent strides in Test cricket were not considered significant enough against the dominance of the World No. 1 team.

  • Tabitha Byrd