Cheteshwar Pujara reveals why India opted for rest ahead of Adelaide Test

'You don't have to say anything to have mongrel' - Travis Head - ESPN

'You don't have to say anything to have mongrel' - Travis Head - ESPN

The inexorable rise of Twenty20 cricket has sparked fears that the Test format is in serious jeopardy - but the longest form of the game has a powerful advocate in India captain Virat Kohli. As for sledging, I can not say what happens when we start off playing the first Test. "As a bowling unit we are very confident and the bowlers will stick to their basics".

"It is a reflection of the balance of power if Virat says that - you've got a lot of people who will listen", explained Gower, who said the introduction of a World Test Championship from next year will help provide greater context for matches.

Pujara said the team was motivated as ever to win an overseas Test series, particularly for the first time on Australian soil.

Prithvi Shaw has taken the news that he will miss India's first Test against Australia "pretty hard", according to team-mate Ravichandran Ashwin. He's an extremely good player, but I think we've got the bowlers to do the job.

Since the ball tampering scandal broke out in March, there has been a massive downfall in Australia's performances.

Head's memories of Adelaide Tests past include sitting at the ground with his family to watch England bat for nearly two days in 2006, before being entranced by the way Ricky Ponting's team went on to conjure a win out of nowhere.

Murali Vijay hit a stylish century Saturday to strengthen his bid to open the batting in the first Test against Australia, after India's rusty bowlers struggled against a young CA XI.

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India opted against a full training session in Adelaide on Monday with just a handful of players coming down for an optional net. He scored three and was the first wicket to fall for India. I think it'll be a good wicket all round.

"There's going to be times when they're going to get a bit fiery, I'm sure".

Dubbed "King Kohli" by the Indian media, the star batsman and India skipper has accumulated 1 063 runs in 18 Test innings this year, number one ahead of England skipper Joe Root (948 runs, 24 innings).

"We utilised all three days (in Sydney) properly".

"If you are talking about the Caribbean, you are not talking about one nation but several nations", he said. "He's made for a wicket for everyone, the flawless combination". From batting point of view, you only have a couple of balls to get your eye in.

"And we can get them all on song and build pressure on him for a period of time then he's like the rest of us - he's human and he makes mistakes".

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