Kohli eager to resume Adelaide love affair

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He did not have the best of times in the Tests in UAE recently but said that he was pumped to be back home and will try his best to give Australia a winning start in the series.

The development came after India's vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane scoffed at suggestions Australia are vulnerable, saying the hosts remain favourites for the Test series starting on Thursday.

"I love playing cricket here, excited about the opportunities that lay ahead". Australia will fancy their chances if the ball is hard and new and Virat comes in to bat. Yes, Virat Kohli will have to salvage the situation if the openers fail but if the openers do well then Virat will be in a position to dominate.

"KL Rahul is lacking in confidence at the moment".

"He's been through some tough times, spent a lot of time in a hospital bed, so any way that we can help to put a smile on his face, it's the very least we can do for him".

When asked about targeting India's lone spinner R Ashwin in this match, he replied the game-plan is going to be quite similar for even the Indian batsmen. He might go with the same tactics in Australia.

It is surprising that a series between India and Australia, in Australia, is headlined by India's fast bowlers.

Gavaskar also predicts a scoreline of 3-0 in favour of India.

India still lost the series 2-0, however, and the 30-year-old suggested the players had learned the importance of contributing to the team effort on that trip.

WATCH: Virat Kohli Plays a Deadly Bouncer from Mohammed Shami

"And I think when you are to win a Test series and Test matches you have got to have a good bowling attack".

It's the question so many have tried to answer, usually without success: how do you stop Virat Kohli?

Marcus Harris and Peter Handscomb have finalised their case for selection in a fierce training session at Adelaide Oval, where Aaron Finch copped a painful blow on his right hand.

"Four years ago it was a very special Test for a lot bigger reasons than cricket but to win the game of cricket the way the Australian side did, it was pretty special to be a part of that", said Lyon.

Much has been made of Australia's ethos since the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa in March, with the team attempting to change negative perceptions, but Ponting believes this should not stop them from sledging Kohli, particularly if it is backed up with good bowling. He is a champion batsman but as a captain this is the test he would like to pass.

"We know he is good enough to be a genuine all rounder at Test level. A lot of the other haven't scored too numerous runs", he added.

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"It is going to be no different for them; they are going to see at times if they can attack Lyon and get on top of him...so it is going to be a real chess match in that regard", he said.

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