Ricky Ponting calls for ‘hostile body language’ against Virat Kohli

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South Australian Cricket Association (SACA) chief executive Keith Bradshaw has claimed that ticket sales for the first Test between Indian and Australia at the Adelaide Oval have "suffered" following the refusal of hosts to play a day-night match at the venue.

Gearing up for the four-match Test series that starts Thursday, Marsh said his team's bowlers have strategies in place and would be aiming for flawless execution when the action begins. That is not the case this time around as they came in support for Team India on Twitter.

The odds are stacked in favour of the tourists - they top the Test rankings and boast the world's best batsman in Virat Kohli, plus a high-class pace bowling attack.

"It suits me because I'm a batsman who likes to play off the back foot", he said.

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Head's memories of Adelaide Tests past include sitting at the ground with his family to watch England bat for nearly two days in 2006, before being entranced by the way Ricky Ponting's team went on to conjure a win out of nowhere.

One of the predominant theories surrounding the touring captain is that he thrives on confrontation, but Ponting does not believe that means the Australians can't "get under his skin". Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins are all confident they won't require a rest but that decision will be shaped by how many overs they are forced to bowl.

He nonetheless added that Kohli would do well in the series. However, Hazlewood stressed their main aim is to get some early breakthroughs to put pressure on Kohli. "Hopefully we can carry that momentum forward into the first Test". Now, that's been the standout for India in a sense over the course of these overseas Test matches.

His poor performance against the Proteas saw him being dropped from the first Test against England at Edgbaston. We're all leaders in our own right. However, the same can be said of overcooking them and creating a fresh setback that could ruin Australia's plans for next year's World Cup and Ashes. Ishant, you know, off late has been really good with the ball, picking up a fifer and winning matches and of course, Bumrah has been exceptional. "You don't get anything easy; they'll test us out over the next couple of days, which will be good, then you'll walk out into the middle knowing you've prepared well", he said. Once you got in, it was Adelaide Oval.

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