Rohit not picked up for first two Australia Tests; Karun, Jayant return

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The Virat Kohli-led Indian cricket team has been flying high in Test cricket over the last few months. You don't know where the mole is going to pop out from and you need to be on your guard all the time.

The same India cricket team side that took on the recently-concluded one-off test between India and Bangladesh in Hyderabad, has been named for the first two Test matches.

Jadeja got his fourth when Taijul Islam (6) mistimed a pull-shot and was caught by KL Rahul. They have not lost in 20 Test matches at home and we know they are a quality side.

"Well, I did advance down the wicket once at the start of the summer and got out LBW [to South African left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj in Perth]". A 3-0 series win - or better - would be required to overtake India and claim top spot on the Test tree.

India are now on a 19-match unbeaten streak.

The most notable of these verbal duels occured in Australia a decade ago when things got really ugly and the Anil Kumble-led Indian team threatened to abandon the tour in the wake of "Monkeygate" scandal, involving Harbhajan Singh of India and Australian all rounder Andrew Symonds.

"You probably learn more from losing games than you do from winning, so I guess the previous year has been a bit of a rollercoaster ride in regards to results", Smith said in Mumbai. Indians have also traditionally been wonderful players of spin.

The Australian team will be looking to get some well deserved rest before they take on India A for a three-day Practice match at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai from Friday.

Smith will expect off-spinner Nathan Lyon, on his second tour of India, to exploit the pitch conditions. Just like Sri Lankan veteran Rangana Herath, who carved up Australia's batsmen in a 3-0 Test whitewash past year. "We have played the turning ball, bouncing ball".

The Border-Gavaskar Trophy between India and Australia is already gathering a good hype.

Virat Kohli is going to make sure that he has the best XI to face the Aussies.

The five-Test series begins on February 23 in Pune. Spin played a crucial role in England's 2-1 win in 2012-13, while leg-spinner Shane Warne provided excellent support to a pace-strong Australia attack when they won the series in 2004 after a gap of 35 years.

"I think this team has come a long way", he added as he looked forward to the four-match series.

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