Prithvi Shaw out of 1st test for India with ankle injury

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"I don't think people wants us to be quiet but they wants us to play with respect to the game, play hard but fair, and win well and lose better", Eddings said.

The bouncier Australia pitches work to his advantage as he likes to play on the backfoot. "We thought that it was best to take a break today and train for the next two days and be fresh for the test match".

Of some consolation to traditionalists is that the debate is nothing new, with Test cricket still alive and kicking. He top-scored with 66 in India's innings against the Cricket Australia XI on Thursday. And we have been playing good cricket outside of India now and this is a very good opportunity for the team to perform well.

"If India don't win this series, they will never win in Australia". 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 unbelievable job. The first of India's four-Test series gets underway on Thursday. Border and Simpson privately spoke to each player and helped each individual organise their game plan.

Ricky Ponting has told Australia not to "let anyone bully the way" it goes about playing its cricket, encouraging the home side to impose itself against Virat Kohli through "hostile body language".

"So India will look to him to score heavily but all are going to have their challenges and as too will the Australian batting line-up", he said.

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Those runs haven't translated into victories.

He scored a century on Test debut last month and scored 237 runs overall in the two matches that he played against the West Indies.

As incredible as the captain's run-scoring feats were in 2014/15, his team failed to capture 20 wickets in any of the four Tests.

And while Lyon will hope to spin it past the Indian batsmen, India have Ravichandran Ashwin, the No.7 on the MRF Tyres ICC Test Rankings for bowlers.

"They are always going to be flat, we know that".

Rohit Sharma, who made a comeback to the test squad after a poor show in South Africa earlier this year, did not get to the half century mark but scored a stroke-filled 40, studded with five fours and a six.

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