India vs Australia, 1st ODI

Tanya Simon
January 14, 2020

"Look we played the day-night Test here, we were pretty happy with how it went and it has become a very exciting feature of any Test series and we are absolutely up to playing day-night Tests", Kohli was quoted as telling reporters ahead of the first ODI of the three-match series against Australia in Mumbai.

"We played the day-night test here (in India), we are pretty happy with how it went", Kohli told reporters on the eve of the opening one-day global against Australia.

In a tweet, the legendary former cricketer said: "I've said this before - but how good would a five-Test match series between Australia & India be next season".

Warne floated the idea in a tweet after Kohli said recently that India are open to playing a pink-ball Test Down Under, something they had declined during their last visit in 2018-19.

"It'll be a challenge for us to break through that batting order but it's a challenge we should look forward to".

If we talk about ODI cricket, who can forget Yuvraj's memorable knock in the ICC Knockout 2000; one that paved way for the pre-mature exit of the defending champions from the marquee event or Ricky Ponting's epic annihilation of the Indians in the 2003 World Cup final or Yuvraj and India's redemption eight years later? "We do have the skillsets as a team now to compete against anyone in the world, anywhere, in any format of the game".

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India, on the other hand, will be eager to take revenge from Australia, who had come from behind and won the five-match ODI series 3-2 past year.

And he warned: "The way they are playing their cricket now after Steve (Smith) and David (Warner) - after ball-tampering bans - have come back, it's pretty intense".

"As players we are very excited to play Australia, a full strength Australia in our conditions".

"They are challenging every team, they are dominating a few teams as well".

"We, along with Australia, are probably the top two sides in the world as far as balance is concerned". If you talk of recent bouts, none comes closer than Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma's epic annihilation of the Aussies in the 2013 series or Aaron Finch sides' epic comeback from a 0-2 scoreline a year ago.

"In the year of the World Cup as many games as we play together as a team, it's going to benefit us, especially the white-ball cricket".

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