It was best to take a break before the Adelaide Test: Pujara

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The teams meet in the first of four Tests at Adelaide from Thursday in the wake of a scathing review into the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa which criticised Australian cricketers for "playing the mongrel" against opponents.

Ashwin's overall record in Australia is a less-than-flattering 21 wickets at 54.71, but Pujara hinted that he has some new tricks up his sleeve.

However, Pujara backed his teammate saying his stint in county cricket has helped him regain confidence.

Global cricket provides plenty of challenges, but I expect a different situation in Australia this summer, in conditions we are more accustomed to.

"So when he plays in Australia, he knows what he has to do, he also has played a series in 2014-15, so he is very confident now and whatever adjustment he had to make, he has already done".

Rahane said that irrespective of whether there is another specialist batsman after him or not, his role in the side is to bat as long as possible and convert his starts/half-centuries into tall scores. We all want to express ourselves. "I think there's little things that might just get inside his mind", he said. "So we trust our preparation and ability". Australia's greatest-ever offspinner has dismissed Pujara more times (seven) than any other Test batsman.

"I like Trav a lot, he is like a little brother", said Lyon who presented Head with his baggy green in Dubai. Not being a cricket betting man yet at that time, I merely quoted Dennis in the newspaper. Even when it comes to the bench strength, if a couple of our fast bowlers are injured, we still have some backup.

For a nation that traditionally built their bowling attack around crafty spinners who operated as if their life depended on it, India have finally acquired a versatile pace attack, which helped them claim 20 wickets in all but two tests this year. The Indian Skipper went on to the backfoot and ducked under it safely. We would like to perform well and start off well.

Australia were left with a victory target of 384, but six wickets from Harbhajan Singh steered India to an unlikely 171-run win.

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"To be honest we play as a team", Pujara told reporters on Monday.

"I can not comment on what Australia will do".

"Yes, Australian teams of the past have always had few words to say but it was always on the back of some good hostile bowling, you can't do without it". The chinaman Kuldeep Yadav will have to wait for his opportunity in the other Test matches.

"We shouldn't sit back and let anyone bully the way we go about playing our cricket, especially at home", he tsaid. Kohli scored a stunning match-winning fifty in the third T20I before compiling another impressive fifty against Cricket Australia XI in the tour game.

"Conceding 500 runs in a warm-up game doesn't mean anything", he said. It wasn't a Test match so we are not anxious about it.

"The guys (bowlers) feel that they are at the peak of their skill levels at the moment and they are looking forward to this challenge", said Kohli.

"I don't think they're getting enough overs out of him".

"We're obviously very disappointed that the trains won't be running on Saturday and Sunday".