Australia's bowlers face heavier burden against India

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The only tour match India had before the start of a four-test series against Australia ended in a draw Saturday. I think it'll be a good wicket all round. "We are one of the best bowling units in the world, so it is going to be an exciting battle and hopefully we'll come out on top", he said.

He appeared to roll his ankle as he caught a Max Bryant shot at deep mid-wicket, before falling to the ground in agony and inadvertently throwing the ball over the boundary. The visitors posted a decent first innings total of 358 but they were made to work hard on the field by the hosts, who made 544. With the wicket, the extra grass, the thatchiness of the grass, it brings spin into play, it's spun from day one in the Shield game, we saw Popey [wrist spinner Lloyd Pope] take a seven-for on day one, so all round, Houghy's done an fantastic job.

Shaw is the latest to be dubbed "the next Sachin Tendulkar" by hopefuls back home, and the teenager is delivery promising results, becoming the youngest Indian to score a century on Test debut last month.

Should Adelaide last a full five days, they will have only three days to recover before the second match in Perth. "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. As the Shield season's gone on, the wicket's become quicker. He is a good guy to bat with and he is fun.

"You don't turn up to Australia thinking wickets are going to seam or spin around", star spinner Ravichandran Ashwin said.

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Those "challenges" may include Australia's pace-heavy bowling attack, likely to be led by Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins.

"A player of that calibre you need a couple of options".

Well, opening batsmen will always play a massive role in the game of cricket.

"At times when we get too emotional, we can lose our way a little bit. I am sure we will get it back there (Adelaide) next year". So he's a world-class bowler but I think we have got some world-class batters as well.

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