Published: Thu, February 16, 2017
Sport | By Scott Davis

Hussey confident Starc will test Kohli

Hussey confident Starc will test Kohli

# India Test Team Squad: Virat Kohli (C), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Abhinav Mukund, Karun Nair, Hardik Pandya, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, K. L. Rahul, Wriddhiman Saha (WK), Ishant Sharma, Murali Vijay, Jayant Yadav, Kuldeep Yadav, Umesh Yadav.

Top-ranked India are on a brilliant run, unbeaten in 19 Tests over a 16-month period with South Africa, New Zealand, England and Bangladesh all vanquished at home, while trips to Sri Lanka and West Indies also culminated in victories.

Mishra hurt his knee while fielding during India's Twenty20 win over England in Bengaluru on February 1.

"We have the potential to change our side after the first two Tests". The left-arm pacer took 24 wickets in three matches at an average of 15.16 in a series that the Aussies lost 3-0.

Jason Krejza made a stunning Test debut in 2008, taking match figures of 12-358 against India in Nagpur and being named man of the match despite Australia losing by 172 runs and relinquishing the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.

While the Australian squad for the upcoming series has a quality player of spin in Smith, there are quite a few members in the side who have a lot of distance to cover to flawless that art, something that Ashwin will be hoping to take advantage of in order to preserve his status as the leading Test bowler with another 20-plus haul in the series. "I am not going to say he is in the form of his life because it seems like he is in the form of the last decades, the way he is playing".

Australia are touring India for a full Test series for the first time since they were whitewashed 0-4 by the hosts in the 2012-13 season. Steve Smith and David Warner are not included the T20I team because CA thought that they need to rest and prepare for upcoming biggest challenge while visiting in India.

Australia have never won a Test match in India since 2004 and their last series win in Asia came against Sri Lanka in 2011.

"I think the ball has started turning now".

"Obviously this is going to be a very hard tour and I am excited by that challenge".

"For me, it is about understanding the different times of the games", Smith said. All the guys are excited by the challenge of what's to come in the next six weeks.

Australia are scheduled to play four Test matches India from February 23 to March 29 and Warner is expecting a tough time for the visitors.

"He's the player I think we have to overcome, and if we can do that we have a chance".

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