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Kohli said that like Umesh in the first innings, Ishant stood apart among the bowlers during the second innings. "So I've made a decision to stay back in my crease a little bit", he said, with a smile.

When you go to India, you need to be positive. I have been able to maintain that and that has been a takeaway from the games that I have been captain so far. You have to have that mindset to look to score, but ultimately your defence is what helps you out when you are in trouble.

"India have had exponents of reverse swing like Zaheer Khan but never have they had four fast bowlers, including the injured Mohammed Shami, who can all reverse the ball consistently". The more the guys understand how to pick up wickets and how to set batsmen up, it is going to be really good for us. "I learnt a little about that in Sri Lanka".

When asked about the Australian plan, Steve Smith said, " We have plans but will not disclose them, of course, he is a world class player and is having a great run, smashing four double tons spread across four series".

"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]". You can do that in Australian wickets which are pretty consistent with their turn and bounce. We're willing to put in the hard work to try and get the best out of ourselves and the best out of the team.

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Reverse swing: It's going to be incredibly important in this series.

"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. So they are excited by the challenges of playing here as well".

Smith said at a press conference in Mumbai: "I think each of our individuals play the way that they play". There is a change in the way he is opening the batting and his redefined role is pretty incredible.

And the 35-year-old says with a core of young inexperienced players, it must be the senior members of the touring party who stand up, with Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood the keys. The good thing about this Australian team is that we have players who have played in Indian conditions.

The first Test in the series for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy commences at Pune's Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium on February 23 to be followed by the next three games at Bengaluru (March 4-8), Ranchi (March 16-20) and Dharamshala (March 25-29).

  • Regina Holmes