Australia vs India, 1st T20I


Two Twenty20 worldwide centuries in 2018 and four overall - more than anyone else in the world - have made Sharma an indisputable heavyweight in the format.

In 2016, India blanked Australia 3-0 thanks to Kohli, who smashed three half-centuries in the series.

Last time India travelled to Australia, the visitors lost 2-0 and Kohli felt India would need to be at their best to succeed.

A maiden test series win on Australian soil is the main aim of the tour, which kicks off Wednesday with a Twenty20 worldwide in Brisbane and includes games across all three formats. "We've all performed well against India and against their players, so hopefully guys can take that confidence into playing for Australia". There are only a couple of guys who have not been here.

Glenn Maxwell was the lone spinner then, but it is understood that the hosts will alter their plans keeping in mind the conditions and bigger dimensions of the ground here. Of course, their bowling attack will challenge us, whichever format we play. But as a batting unit we're prepared to face that challenge.

"The reason we came a few days early here is to get used to the bounce", he explained. If I may say so, then Brisbane is probably the fastest pitch in Australia. Whenever we have played here, it has always challenged us. "It won't be easy but we have some quality in our group". I've always enjoyed coming here; it's a great place to play cricket. But Sharma's sojourns to Australia go all the way back to 2007, when he travelled as a teenager.

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"I've had good times in Australia playing white-ball cricket". He said, " I've done well in limited-overs but the challenge, obviously, is red-ball cricket. But even if they blast the Australians out of the postcode this week, everything will be digested in the context of how they are in the Test series, which swings into life on December 6.

India, now the top Test team, have not lost a home series since late 2012 but have struggled outside the sub-continent, beaten 2-1 in South Africa and 4-1 in England this year. Big square boundaries here, so we might test him a little bit, he's a good puller of the ball but he is compulsive as well so we'll try to get him out there. "It was a shortened game - 10 overs a side - so you can not make too much out of it", Sharma said, not reading too much into Australia's defeat.

"Australia in Australia will always be risky without a doubt". The best sound is when you get a clear sound (of the hammer hitting the middle of the bat).

In fact, India have struggled overall in Australia, winning just five of 44 Tests played Down Under since 1947.

"It's the one place that we want to leave our mark and do well as a unit", India's vice-captain Rohit Sharma told a news conference on Monday. "We played good cricket last time but we were not able to win games, so this time around we obviously want to change that", he said. "We gave them a target of 140, which they chased after losing six wickets", Sharma said. "So it was a close game". So, we want everybody to step up and make it count. "There's a real good feeling inside the group".