Vijay hits century but India's bowlers struggle in draw

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Murali Vijay aims for good start against Australia

Young Indian opener Prithvi Shaw's ankle injury in a practice game ahead of the Test series versus Australia has curtailed captain Virat Kohli's options for the first match in Adelaide.

Only off-spinner R Ashwin and limited-over specialist turned up for an optional training session on Monday while the rest, including captain Virat Kohli, opted for rest.

India are the No.1 side in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Team Rankings, and though they haven't won series in the countries considered the toughest to tour for teams from the subcontinent, they have competed hard, an ICC report on Sunday said.?Now the focus is purely and exclusively on making the team win at any cost, ? "But India are going to find it really hard to win even with their incredible batting line-up and fast bowling resources being probably the best that they have had in a while coming to Australia".

"Barring the one at Lord's (where India lost by an innings and 159 runs) most of the matches that we have lost they actually have got themselves in a winning position and squandered it".

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"Conceding 500 runs in a warm-up game doesn't mean anything. we are not very much anxious about it", he said.

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Paine concedes his pace attack of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins can get hot under the collar in the heat of competition, and urged them to not rise to any bait.

"I am going to pick Australia, but don't ask me why I am picking them".

"It is a very good one".

Meanwhile, Pujara is expecting a strong showing from R Ashwin in the upcoming Test series against Australia as he feels the senior off-spinner has added to his bag of tricks with a few technical adjustments.

Vijay has played a total of 59 Test matches in his career so far scoring 3933 runs with an average of 39.33. Ashwin played for Worcestershire earlier this year with decent results. "Hopefully I can do that", Vijay said. "I can't describe what it is, not in front of the media".

"He has also played a series in 2015 (here) so he's very confident now".

On the other hand, India despite losing to South Africa and England overseas, have looked unstoppable in Tests. And when we are out there batting, it's about batting as a unit.

But it is the five-day format that Kohli and India are looking to conquer, with India never having won a series in Australia in more than 70 years of trying. "So we trust our preparation and ability".

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