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The Indian team has extracted two drawn series but is yet return from Australia with a winning smile.

Former Australian skipper Ricky Ponting on Thursday predicted that Usman Khawaja would score more runs that Indian skipper Virat Kohli in the Test series.

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The odds are stacked in favour of the tourists - they top the Test rankings and boast the world's best batsman in Virat Kohli, plus a high-class pace bowling attack.

Kohli, who scored an unbeaten 61 in India's win in Sydney on Sunday to tie the three-match Twenty20 series, also signalled his rich vein of form with a 64 off 87 balls.

However, Ponting added this did not necessarily mean sledging pointing to the success Mitchell Johnson has enjoyed against Kohli through intimidating bowling and body language. We know he's good player, I've seen it first hand at Bengaluru, he's an extremely good player, but I think we've got the bowlers to do the job. India did lose the Test by an innings and 16 runs but Hazare's effort evoked praises from Australian media and the Don himself. "If you had Pandya there under Australian conditions, he could perform as your third seamer and you could play two spinners in places like Adelaide and Sydney, where I think it is very handy to have five bowlers", he said.

Debate over workload management is likely to pop up at some point this series, especially with a three-day turnaround between the first and second Tests.

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"That was my basic fundamental after being dropped in England until now".

"There's obviously been a lot of talk about that and it's been a big build up to this Test match but there's a great feeling around this group.now it's about going out there and hopefully putting it together as a batting unit".

"I have got some good overs under my belt the last couple of weeks for Western Australia".

Ponting also favoured his countrymen to win the four-match series 2-1 but also tipped Khawaja to be the leading run-scorer and player of the series.

"Right now, we really feel that this is where it's at for the pitch".

"They got the ball to move around. If you can get through these (bowlers), you can get through anyone in the world".

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