Adelaide Oval curator Damien Hough had prepared a green surface for the day-night Tests that were played at the ground and he intends to do the same for the Australia-India encounter, even though it won't be played with a pink ball. 37-year old Watson, who played most of his first-class cricket in Queensland, is disappointed that the first Test of the summer has been moved from the "Gabba", where conditions are known to favour the quick bowlers.
"It is a very good one".
"It is a reflection of the balance of power if Virat says that - you've got a lot of people who will listen", explained Gower, who said the introduction of a World Test Championship from next year will help provide greater context for matches.
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While Australia are aiming to play hard but fair as well Indian skipper Virat Kohli has said that does not feel the need to get involved in any confrontation with the Australians in the upcoming Test series.
The gap between the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne and the final match in Sydney is also short, so there may will be a role to play for reserve seamers Peter Siddle and his uncapped Victoria team mate Chris Tremain. "I think Pat Cummins is outstanding, Hazlewood is nearly (Glenn) McGrath-like with his bowling", pointed out Gilchrist.
Ahead of next week's first Test in Adelaide, Australia's top seven will have seen the scorecard from Sydney and been buoyed by what they read. "So it's done everything really well", he said. Against India, he averages 2.6 wickets per innings. I think it'll be a good wicket all round. It's going to take a bit of time to set new foundations in place and get things in order and regroup, hopefully it won't take too long. It'll offer something for everyone. Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman's 303-run partnership shifted momentum and then Ajit Agarkar grabbed 6-41, leaving India with a target of 230 to chase. I don't necessarily believe that he is someone you shouldn't try to get under his skin.
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As for the competition provided by the inclusion of Marcus Harris and Peter Handscomb, alongside five of the batsmen who turned out in the UAE against Pakistan, Head predicted plenty of willing contests in the nets, not least when Starc, Hazlewood and Cummins are charging in. "The only difference is we get the covers off earlier and we start earlier", Hough told The Weekend Australian.
"I'll know I'm ready to go. So it'll be an exciting week, a challenging week facing them, but a couple of days of training and we'll be ready to go".
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