Ind vs Aus: Indian Squad for Two Test Matches Announced by BCCI

"The crowds are very vocal, they're screaming the whole time", Maxwell said. "So, a lot of similarities (from Sri Lanka) to India". I have a game plan for him - I have to bat against his strength.

"I think Starc is a brilliant bowler for the sub-continental conditions", Hussey stated on Wednesday (February 15). Okay, how are we going to take wickets?

"But ultimately your defence is what helps you out when you're in trouble and it's going to be important that our defences are strong".

The Border-Gavaskar Trophy between India and Australia is already gathering a good hype. "As long as they can find a way to be competitive in the Test series, even if we don't win, I don't think it would be that big of a deal", he was quoted as saying by Cricket Australia's website. "The guys need to stay calm under pressure", Waugh, 51, added.

"The new ball will still carry through quite well, so you're looking to take wickets caught in the slips, caught behind with the new ball".

"It will depend on how the ball is reacting, whether its swinging conventionally or reverse".

The 47-year-old has tipped Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazelwood, two of Australia's main bowlers who have the ability to torment the Indian batsmen in the series. They relish the challenge of playing against the best players in the world, and India have some incredibly good batters. They are also playing a lot at home. Go for it, says Australia's captain Steve Smith Pacer Mohammed Shami, who was undergoing rehabilitation with the team before being forced to leave for him owing to his father's death, has also not found a place in the squad.

David Warner has been in form of his life, pretty similar to Kohli's purple patch but Hussey reckons that it will be a different challenge on very different tracks that both Warner as well skipper Smith will enjoy. "If they want to get into a battle verbally, if that gets the best out of them, then go for it".

"It's all about us making sure that us as individuals are in the right mind set to go out and succeed".

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.

Ahead of the Test series, the Australians will be featuring in a three-day warm-up game against India A, which will be led by Hardik Pandya, at the Cricket Club of India, starting from February 16.

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo.

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