On a day of blistering heat - the mercury touched the 33-degree mark - Australia began its training session with basic fielding drills, before moving to the nets for a 90-minute batting session, ahead of the warm-up match against the Board President's XI here on Tuesday.
"I didn't get too much feedback (from the selectors) to be honest". The tide has turned now with the all-rounder all set to make a comeback in the limited-overs series starting here on Sunday. "It is always tough if you miss out on selection".
"Captaincy, I can't split them at the moment, I think it is very even at this stage". "I have been battling to be honest, probably the last 18 months. He is aware of the conditions", said a source close to the team think tank. "You have to rely on your friends and family and teammates as well", he said.
On who is a better player, Clarke replied: "Virat is a better limited overs batsman, but only just". They might like to call themselves unlucky for their early exit from the Champions Trophy (all three matches were affected by rain), but the fact is that they were way behind in the first match against New Zealand when the rain arrived and beaten fair and square in the third by England. "I put that aside and worked as hard I could", he added. I have also been doing different exercises in the gym. "I don't see any weak link in this Indian team", he said.
Australia ODI squad: Steve Smith (c), David Warner, Ashton Agar, Hilton Cartwright, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Patrick Cummins, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, Travis Head, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade, Adam Zampa.
India were on top against struggling Sri Lankan side in the recently concluded series and players like Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Hardik Pandya, Axar and Chahal came out in flying colours. I hope to get through with a solid performance. "He is obviously a very good player and has a phenomenal ODI record". "Faulkner's vast experience of playing in the sub-continent has helped him earn a recall".
After beating Sri Lanka on their home ground, Indian team is very confident and Virat has mentioned on many occasions that he is preparing the team for 2019 cricket World Cup.
We are making Indian Team or Team RCB. Also, I feel that both the IPL and playing for India has its own charm and you need to give it your best every time you walk into the field. India are in really good nick. "It is going to be a test".
There is this X-factor about Faulkner. He scored 197 runs and claimed eight wickets in three Tests and four ODIs.