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"So, I think while playing in Australia, he knows what to do".

He did not have the best of times in the Tests in UAE recently but said that he was pumped to be back home and will try his best to give Australia a winning start in the series. The Mumbai-born batsman hoped to replicate that same form this time around as well.

"They've played a lot at home since we played them last in Australia".

When the squad meets up ahead of the third Test against India, they will be joined by Archie Schiller, a young boy who will turn seven a few days before Christmas.

"I always make sure I bowl when (fellow quicks) Pat (Cummins) or Mitch (Starc) are batting so I don't have to face them". Our bowlers know what they have to do.

"Kuldeep 's a little bit different in the way that he bowls, he's got good variations as we've seen in the games he's played here already".

Considering they will be operating against an Australian team shorn of two of their best batsmen - the banned duo of Steve Smith and David Warner - India have reasons to be optimistic but the challenges are substantial.

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Spearhead Ishant Sharma averages 62 over 10 Tests in Australia and took 1-73 in Sydney.

Australia took a 1-0 lead into this fiery Bangalore Test previous year and when Nathan Lyon took 8-50 to bamboozle the Indian batsmen for 189, it looked like the tourists would go 2-0 up. "We as a team felt that we were let down by umpires, there were a lot of atrocious decision given against us, and we lost that match, so it was important for us to win at Perth". "So it's about which team plays better, it's been that kind of pitch". "Just as long as I can provide a good even surface for both sides, then I'm happy with that".

Every Test, ODI, T20I, and BBL match live & ad-break free during play. Asked whether Australia cheated, a fired-up Kohli said "I didn't say that, you did". He's a world-class bowler, but I think we've got some world-class batters as well.

"It suits me because I'm a batsman who likes to play off the back foot", he said. "He loves to run the ball down to 3rd guy so much as smartly, so possibly simply mess around with some guys in numerous spaces which may simply get inside of his head as to what we are seeking to do", he stated.

All three were spared from New South Wales' Sheffield Shield match in Perth to keep them fresh for the series opener starting in Adelaide on Thursday.

All-rounder and vice-captain Mitchell Marsh will offer another pace option to relieve Lyon and the fast bowlers should he be selected, but with a batting average of only 26.08, he may need runs to keep his spot.

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