Steve Smith has told his Australia side to "go for it" and engage in verbal battles with India captain Virat Kohli if it will get them firing on all cylinders in the upcoming Test series.
"If they (individuals) want to get into a battle verbally, and that gets the best out of them then go for it", said Smith. I think this team has come a long way, we're learning a lot, we're willing to put in the hard work trying to get the best out of ourselves and the team. The good thing about this Australian team is that we have players who have played in Indian conditions. Batsman Rohit Sharma, who injured his thigh during the one-day worldwide series against New Zealand in October, only recently resumed training after undergoing surgery in England and was also deemed short of match fitness. He has scored 5 centuries against them in Australia, and now that he'll be playing at home, and given his current form, it doesn't seem like runs are going to stop flowing from Kohli's bat.
Australia had prepared for some time in Dubai before reaching Mumbai late night Monday, and Smith said they had tried to play in conditions similar to what they will experience here.
And it comes only six months after Australia were humiliated 3-0 in Sri Lanka, their third straight whitewash loss in Asia after a 2-0 defeat to Pakistan in the UAE in 2014 and a 4-0 drubbing in India a year earlier.
"It is not only spinners, they have some great fast bowlers".
Returning to India for the first time as both a Test captain and the No. 1 batsman in the world, Smith knows that if his team is to stand even a chance of putting up a fight, it's all about the time.
Ashwin, who became the fastest bowler to claim 250 Test wickets during Bangladesh's first innings, struck twice in the visitors' chase to take his wickets tally to 252 in his 45th match.
"We have a few surprises in the team, but it will be the senior players who have to take the responsibility, first up", said Waugh. He slammed his fourth double hundred as India crushed Bangladesh by 208 runs in the one-off Test. Kohli has also accumulated the most test runs for an Indian batsman in a season, beating Virender Sehwag's record of 1105 runs in 2004-05. The guys were able to adopt game plans and try and find the best way to find success here in India.
"Natural swing with the brand new ball, and especially reserve swing, is going to be really important to the Australian team". And when you get a sniff, really go for it.
"I look to push myself, throw myself around in the field so that other guys know that they also have to push for a wicket".