India vs Australia: Australia Will Be Competitive And Fired Up Against India, Warns Tim Paine

Updated: 02 December 2018 15:58 IST

The first Test between India and Australia will be played at the Adelaide Oval starting Thursday.

India vs Australia: Australia Will Be Competitive And Fired Up Against India, Warns Tim Paine
Tim Paine has warned that the hosts will be as fired up as ever against India. © AFP

Australia skipper Tim Paine has warned that the hosts will be as fired up as ever against India despite their new vow to play with a smile. The two teams will meet in the first Test of the four-match series at the Adelaide Oval starting Thursday and Paine also pledged to shake the opponents' hands before each match as a mark of respect in a bid to change the culture within the side. "It's been received well, I haven't heard otherwise," he told cricket.com.au of the handshake idea. "I just think it's a bit of a no brainer, just a show of sportsmanship.

"It doesn't mean we'll be the nicest team in the world to play against by any stretch of the imagination. 

"We'll still be really competitive and fired up out on the ground, but I think you do need to have that bit of respect between the two sides."

However, Paine also warned, his pace attack of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins not to get "too emotional" in their battle with Indian skipper Virat Kohli this summer.

"I think our fast bowling attack... if they play purely on skill, they're going to trouble him," Paine said of Kohli.

"At times when we get too emotional, we can lose our way a little bit. So it's a really fine line.

"There's going to be times when they're going to get a bit fiery, I'm sure. But we need to be mindful of keeping ourselves calm enough so we can execute our skills as well."

The upcoming series is believed to be India's best chance to win a Test series in Australia, who are without the services of Steve Smith and David Warner, . 

India, who are still to win a Test series Down Under in 11 attempts since 1947, were beaten 2-0 in the summer of 2014-15.

India's tour of Australia started with a three-match Twenty20 International (T20I) series that ended in a 1-1 draw. The two teams will now face-off in a four-match Test series before playing a three-match one-day international (ODI) series in January.

The first Test between India and Australia will be played at the Adelaide Oval starting Thursday.

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Topics : India Cricket Team Australia Cricket Team Tim Paine Virat Kohli Australia vs India 2018/19 Cricket Australia vs India, 1st Test
Highlights
  • India are still to win a Test series Down Under in 11 attempts since 1947
  • India and Australia will now face-off in a four-match Test series
  • Paine also pledged to shake the opponents' hands before each match
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