Ahead of the four-match Test collection towards India, Australia skipper Tim Paine on Wednesday mentioned that Ajinkya Rahane was the glue that held the Virat Kohli-led facet collectively after they managed to emerge triumphant in a Test collection for the primary time Down Under. The first Test of the four-match collection between Australia and India, starting on December 17, might be performed on the Adelaide Oval and it will likely be a day-night contest. Australia has the most effective document in day-night Tests because the facet has not misplaced a single match that has been performed with the pink ball.
Skipper Kohli could be taking part in only one Test towards Australia and he would head again house after the conclusion of the Adelaide Test as he has been granted paternity depart by the BCCI.
Once Virat leaves, Rahane could be main the Indian facet for the remaining three Test matches.
“When Kohli leaves, we know the talent they have in their side. Pujara obviously troubled us a lot last time around so he is a big key for us, but we know the talent they have. We saw Rishabh Pant hitting a very quick hundred in the second practice game so they have got guys who can take away the Test match pretty quickly,” Pane mentioned throughout a pre-match press convention on Wednesday.
“Clearly, Rahane held the team together last time, he was the glue last time around so he is a huge focus for us,” mentioned Paine.
During the 2018-19 collection, which India received 2-1, Paine was the one who took the battle to Kohli and the duo was seen in some verbal battles particularly through the Perth Test.
When ANI requested about whether or not Paine will as soon as once more look to do the identical, Paine replied: “Look in terms of what goes on the field, we have to wait and see. You do not go into a match thinking that you will have run-ins with the opposition camp or be overly aggressive.
“We will simply attempt to execute our plans and abilities with bat and ball. At instances issues on the sector could be a bit fiery, if they’re it’s for positive that this workforce wouldn’t be taking a backward step.”
Australia had received the previous ODI collection whereas India walked away with the honours within the T20I collection.
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