India in Australia ready to beat a home team in turmoil

Tanya Simon
November 19, 2018

A maiden test series win on Australian soil is the main aim of the tour, which kicks off Wednesday with a Twenty20 worldwide in Brisbane and includes games across all three formats.

India's first T20I is at Brisbane, a venue where Rohit feels batting poses a stiff challenge considering the bounce, and while Australia may be without the star trio of Mitchell Johnson, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood for the T20Is, the likes of Billy Stanlake, Andrew Tye and Nathan Coulter-Nile will not make life any easier for the Indian batsmen. I've not played at Perth in the new stadium. Of course, their bowling attack will challenge us, whichever format we play.

However, his deputy Rohit Sharma has proved in the recent past that he is perhaps the most vital cog in India's batting in the shortest format.

"We will approach this the same way that we have approached any limited-overs game that we have played here".

"The first time I came here, I remember, in 2007, had a good time".

And the big hitting gloveman may yet be sighted by Australian crowds in their three-game one-day series in January.

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"Last time we played a Test series here, although we lost two games and drew one, but I thought we played few close games, especially at Brisbane. I think "Dorff" (Jason Behrendorff) got him out the last time we played him and rapped him on the pads so we'll look to do that again", he said while talking to the reporters at the Gabba. The last time we played in Brisbane and not Perth. The motive of the team is to try and seize all the moments and try and win. They were beaten in the Tests in South Africa, but emerged victorious in both ODI and T20I series earlier this year.

Rohit Sharma during a net session in Brisbane, Australia. "There is a real good feeling in the group for all three formats". It's not going to be easy, but we have quality in our group. "Thinking about the World Cup ahead, it can only give you confidence winning in places like Australia". "But the guys are eager to turn things around".

"Australia in Australia will always be unsafe without a doubt". Cricketer Hardik Pandya was the only Indian cricketer present at the function from the Team India.

"The challenge obviously is red-ball cricket which right now I'm not thinking of".

While a regular in India's limited-overs format, Rohit Sharma is yet to quite cement his place in India's Test squad.

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