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India vs Australia: Smiling Aussies Will Still Be Fierce Opponents, Promises Paine

02 December 2018

Hardie made headlines yesterday after claiming the scalp of the Indian skipper in the touring team's warm-up clash against a Cricket Australia XI at the SCG with a neat caught-and-bowled effort, on his way to figures of 4-50.

"I think they were getting a bit grumpy, which was pleasing us", cricket.com.au quoted Nielsen as saying.

"I think he just wanted to bowl a couple of overs".

"It doesn't mean we'll be the nicest team in the world to play against by any stretch of the imagination. I don't find the need to get involved in anything with the opposition and I think those are changes that keep happening gradually as you go forward", Kohli told Sydney-based Macquarie Sports Radio.

Kohli also said he is now more assured of himself than the last tour of Australia and does not feel the need to get involved in any confrontation with the Australians in the upcoming Test series.

But the bowling attack is settled with quicks Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins and spinner Nathan Lyon to be tasked with combating Kohli.

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TJ Warren paced the Suns with 25 points, and rookie Deandre Ayton recorded his 12th double-double with 18 points and 12 rebounds. Wade could be excused for looking for Richardson, who led the Heat with 22 points, nine of which had come in the fourth quarter.

Paine will lead Australia in their first Test match on home soil since the suspensions of Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft for ball-tampering in South Africa last March.

"And we can get them all on song and build pressure on him for a period of time then he's like the rest of us - he's human and he makes mistakes". "So it's a really fine line". "But we need to be mindful of keeping ourselves calm enough so we can execute our skills as well", he added.

Despite his warnings, Paine said he was as keen as anyone for the team to play to their strengths, and if that meant some sledging to give them an edge then so be it.

"It's just about picking your time and picking your moment and doing what the team requires", he added.

Assessing the practice match, Murali Vijay, who stroked a brilliant century, said that the Indian bowlers received a good practice before the Adelaide Test.

Paine said the Australians were plotting the downfall of Kohli but would rely on age-old methods rather than funky field placings and bowling plans.

India vs Australia: Smiling Aussies Will Still Be Fierce Opponents, Promises Paine

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