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SportAustralia v India: Justin Langer suspects history-chasing India are 'smelling blood'

20:06  05 december  2018
20:06  05 december  2018 Source:   sportingnews.com

Test team rallies around 'shocked' Khawaja

Test team rallies around 'shocked' Khawaja Usman Khawaja is being supported by the Australian team after his brother was arrested for allegedly perverting the course of justice and forging a document. © Ryan Pierse/Getty Images Coach Justin Langer admitted Arsalan Khawaja's arrest on Tuesday was a blow for the batsman ahead of the first Test against India, which starts at the Adelaide Oval on Thursday. "We're keeping an eye on Uzzie. It was a little bit of a shock for him. I know he's wife's here with him and we'll look after him. He'll be as cool and calm as usual out in the middle," Langer told SEN on Wednesday.

3 Australia A v Indians . 4 Test series summary. Justin Langer cracked a century and troubled the Indians even though he was not in the best of form. Bucknor had already had a history of bad umpiring earlier in this match, overriding straightforward appeals against the Australian At 170/4, India required 60 runs more and Australia were smelling blood , and were back into the contest.

The Australian cricket team toured India from February to April 2001 for a three-Test series and a five-match ODI series. The series is considered one of India 's finest, as they secured victory against Australia in the Test series, in the process breaking Australia 's 15-match win streak in Tests

Australia v India: Justin Langer suspects history-chasing India are 'smelling blood'© Getty Images Australia coach Justin Langer

India will head into their Test series with an inexperienced Australia team "smelling blood", according to Aussie coach Justin Langer.

Virat Kohli's side are bidding to become the first ever Indian team in history to win a Test series in Australia, with the first of four meetings between the two beginning in Adelaide on Thursday.

Shorn of Steve Smith and David Warner due to bans, Australia are in somewhat of a transitional phase and they have lost their last two Test series against Pakistan and South Africa.

Langer acknowledged that will encourage India, but he also warned the team top of the current ICC rankings that they are under greater pressure due to their poor record in Australia.

India dismissed for 250 in Adelaide

India dismissed for 250 in Adelaide India dismissed for 250 in Adelaide

Indian Australians are Australians of Indian descent or heritage. This includes both those who are Australian by birth, and those born in India or elsewhere in the Indian diaspora.

The Australia national cricket team toured India between 10 October to 2 November 2013, playing a Twenty20 International match and seven-match One Day International series against India . Due to an ongoing back injury

"You sense they're smelling blood," Langer told SEN.

"Just like the great Australian cricket team of 2001 felt and we just fell short [of winning in India] and we were able to [win in India in] 2004.

"You sense these moments. I'm sensing India feel that.

"They're a good team and they've got a couple of great players and we will show them great respect.

"They haven't had great success in Australia in the past, as Australia haven't had in India. They'll also be under great pressure I think."

Opener Marcus Harris will make his international debut in the longest format for Australia having plundered over 4000 runs in 68 first-class matches.

Langer has been impressed with what he has seen from the 26-year-old, both in domestic cricket and in the nets with his new Australian colleagues.

"He's scored 500 runs in Shield cricket in eight innings - that's a great way to go into a Test match," Langer added.

"He's a terrific young player and he's looked very good in some of the most competitive net sessions I've seen for a long time in Australian cricket. He's looked very composed."

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