Starc will challenge Kohli throughout the series - Michael Hussey

Taylor Byrd
February 16, 2017

Indian cricket team's next assignment is a four-match Test series against Steve Smith-led Australia, beginning from February 23.

The 16-member squad has been selected for the first two Tests.

India have retained the same squad from the Test against Bangladesh for the first two matches of the series against Australia. "Australia is going to need everybody to really perform if they want to beat India in their own backyard", he said.

Mitch Starc stood out for Australia when they last played in the sub continent, accounting for 24 wickets against Lanka in August previous year.

"Definitely, but India are a high quality team particularly at home and it will be a huge challenge for our team, but as long as they are prepared to play tough Test cricket for long, long periods of time then I think we have a chance".

"In the sub-continent, you don't have that bounce, you don't have that seam, you don't have that carry".

He also became the third most successful captain of India after Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Sourav Ganguly.

"I'm probably not going to say anything to him, that's for sure". Okay, how are we going to take wickets?

Australia holds the Border-Gavaskar Trophy after winning the four-match series 2-0 in Australia in 2014-15, but was swept 4-0 in the previous tour to India and has lost its last nine test matches in Asia. Just like Sri Lankan veteran Rangana Herath, who carved up Australia's batsmen in a 3-0 Test whitewash previous year.

"We have to get through the first hour and stay cool in the dressing room as well". "He bowls at a genuine pace, can swing the new ball and is an excellent exponent of reverse swing", said Hussey. Australia managed to collapse over and again on those sporting pitches.

The Indians are now on a 19-match unbeaten streak and have won their last six Test series.

"It will be hard to beat India with pace alone on these slow wickets".

"Guys were able to try and find the best way to hopefully have success here in India, it's so foreign to what we get back home", Smith said. The great Warne backed them up.

Australia opener David Warner, who had heated on-field exchanges with India batsman Rohit Sharma with the Australian telling him to "speak English" was reported in both the test and one-day series.

Not always hitting the seam but sometimes the shiny side of the ball.

In Dubai, Australia's batsmen worked on ways to score and survive against the relentlessly accurate spin bowling they're set to face mostly from Ashwin and left-armer Ravindra Jadeja.

"I think each of our individuals play the way that they play", Smith said.

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