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Smith dreams of unexpected India triumph

Smith dreams of unexpected India triumph

Two of the chief architects of India's unbeaten run have been captain Virat Kohli and off-spinner R Ashwin. "That's the key in the subcontinent, you have to play spin well and bowl spin well". Ashwin and Jadeja are doing there for a long time in India. He went wicketless in the first Test, was dropped from the second and eventually had to return in the third Test after the infamous Homework gate incident when coach Mickey Arthur grounded few regular players as disciplinary actions. The left-arm spinner landed one on the rough that spun and jumped with Shakib (22) awkwardly fending it to Pujara at forward short leg.

Returning to India for the first time as both a Test captain and the No. 1 batsman in the world, Smith knows that if his team is to stand even a chance of putting up a fight, it's all about the time.

India needs seven wickets to seal the Test while the visitors must score another 356 to win - or bat out three more sessions to save the match. "I am not going to say he is in the form of his life because it seems like he is in the form of the last decades, the way he is playing".

David Warner has played a monumental role to his side's recent Test victories at home against Pakistan and Hussey is expecting more of the same from him and Smith in the upcoming tour against India.

"India on the other hand will want to dominate, they will want to continue to show how good they are in their own backyard", said Clarke. "We had some hard conditions in Dubai where the balls were turning and there was inconsistent bounce and things like that". Should South Africa win their series 3-0, Australia would need to win the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.

Virat Kohli is going to make sure that he has the best XI to face the Aussies. I have a game plan for him. "I think all the guys are really excited about what's to come in the next six weeks".

"I don't think it's because of me; I mean everyone at global level wants to do well".

The national selection panel refrained from tinkering with the winning combination and finalised an unchanged squad for the first two of the four-Test series against Australia, starting from February 23 in Pune.

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.

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