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.
Former Australian skipper Ricky Ponting on Thursday predicted that Usman Khawaja would score more runs that Indian skipper Virat Kohli in the Test series.
Asked about India coach Ravi Shastri's recent assertions of this being the best travelling Indian team in the last 15 years, Chappell said there are reasons to agree with it to an extent.
"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".
Kohli also boasts of a brilliant Test record in Australia. "I think the bowlers when they compete, and they're fierce and aggressive, I think they have that", he said in Adelaide.
The scandal in March has haunted Australian cricket, with Steve Smith and David Warner banned and a swathe of executives from the governing body axed or falling on their swords in the aftermath.
"Words are sometimes cheap, it's how they bowl, and their actions".
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"The thing with Virat, he has every plan under the sun tried against him and he has countered all of them", Paine 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.
The previous series between the two rivals have been heated, with the combative Kohli usually front and centre. However, Hazlewood stressed their main aim is to get some early breakthroughs to put pressure on Kohli.
"In terms of skill, in terms of experience, in terms of how we are playing, our mindset, we definitely feel we have the ability to win a series here", said Kohli.
Debate over workload management is likely to pop up at some point this series, especially with a three-day turnaround between the first and second Tests.
His poor performance against the Proteas saw him being dropped from the first Test against England at Edgbaston.
"I have got some good overs under my belt the last couple of weeks for Western Australia".
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