Kohli open to D/N Test at Gabba or in Perth

Australia have the goods to give Virat Kohli’s men a run for their money skipper Aaron Finch said Thursday as he departed for their three-match One-day International series. — Reuters  File

Sharma has been named vice-captain to Virat Kohli, who leads India in their first worldwide series against New Zealand since the dramatic semifinal defeat in last year's Cricket World Cup in Manchester, England. "It's become a very exciting feature of any Test series and we're open to playing day-night Tests", Kohli said earlier in the day.

Kohli's men played their first day-night Test in Kolkata previous year, thrashing Bangladesh in just over two days, and are set to take on Australia in a three-match one-day series starting Tuesday in Mumbai. The 5th ODI of the seven-match series against Australia was another such game where Tendulkar played possibly one of the best innings of his ODI career, only to be let down by his teammates.

India declined Australia's offer to play a day-night test in Adelaide in 2018-19, citing lack of experience.

"It'll be a challenge for us to break through that batting order but it's a challenge we should look forward to".

"We are ready enough for the challenge". We have the skillset as a team now to compete against anyone in the world, anywhere, in any format of the game. Not only had he scored a masterly 175 off 141 balls, but this was also the game where the Master Blaster notched up an insurmountable 17,000 runs in One-day global cricket.

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India are looking to sharpen their act ahead of the T20 World Cup in October, and the three ODI matches at home will be a key part of the preparation. Prediction: "2-1 Australia", Ponting said on Twitter during a Q&A session with the fans.

Australia beat India 3-2 in ODIs on their last visit. Majority know the Indian conditions very well, adding to their strength. "So it's always good and a tough challenge playing Australia purely because of the skill set and mindset they bring on to the field".

The reason behind Australia's sky-high confidence is also the return of their premier batters Steve Smith and David Warner, who both proved their worth in the ODI World Cup. We want to keep challenging ourselves as a team and we're the top two sides in the table as well, in the world championship.

Kohli said India will need a top performance in every game.

"When you are playing against Australia, you don't really think about relevance of the series, it's about playing against the best", Kohli said.

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