Usman Khawaja will score more runs than Virat Kohli: Ricky Ponting

Usman Khawaja will score more runs than Virat Kohli: Ricky Ponting

Usman Khawaja will score more runs than Virat Kohli: Ricky Ponting

Kohli heads into this series as the best Test batsman in the world and various former Aussie cricketers have given their opinions on how to get him out - some asking the players to rattle while others advising them not to indulge in verbal duels.

Adelaide opens the Test summer against India on December 6 in a blockbuster Border-Gavaskar Trophy series.

India's middle order also looks in good form with Cheteshwar Pujara, Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane and Hanuma Vihari all making half-centuries in the CA XI game. The hosts have one of the most risky bowling attacks in the world.

Waugh's long-time team-mate Adam Gilchrist also singled out Kohli as the batsman India will rely heavily on. "I think the bowlers when they compete, and they're fierce and aggressive, I think they have that", he said in Adelaide.

If that seems like a meteoric rise, it's worth noting that there's nothing Virat Kohli and co could throw up that's a bigger challenge than Archie has already been through in his short life.

"Our bowlers know what they have to do".

"If you are not part of the team, you have to make sure you keep your work ethics at the top level and once you get the chance you have to be ready to go", he said. The bans triggered widespread angst about the state of Australian cricket and prompted reviews into the national team's culture.

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.

The poor run saw Vijay being dropped from the playing XI in the third Test and he was not even included in the 18-member squad for the final two Test matches of the series in England. The only difference is we get the covers off earlier and we start earlier. We're all leaders in our own right. Last year, during the Ashes, the Adelaide day-night Test went into the first session of day five.

Pacemen Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav and Ishant Sharma all struggled with their consistency, while Ashwin returned 1-63 from 24 overs. Nobody believed that Bumrah would play Test match cricket but then he's improved, he's matured, he's very unique, awkward for a batsman to face Bumrah. The two Shield games here have shown that if batters get in they can get runs.

"But that again boils down to the surfaces that you get to play".

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