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Iyer called up as cover for Kohli

Iyer called up as cover for Kohli

The tactic worked, but Peter Handscomb and Shaun Marsh's fighting partnership in Ranchi has handed momentum back to Australia, and enormous pressure is now on India to save itself from embarrassment in Saturday's series-deciding Test in Dharamsala.

Iyer is uncapped at global level but boasts serious form against Australia, having finished 202 not out while batting for India A during the visitors' only tune-up for the current series. They did not take the Trump comparisons lightly and hit out at the publication for its "bizarre" and "disgraceful" reportage. According to latest reports, Kohli hasn't turned up for batting in the nets even on Friday.

But now a 13-year drought on Indian soil could be broken by Steve Smith's team of fighters. Australia have to fight a lot of mental demons.

He also pinpoints last year's painful 3-0 series loss in Sri Lanka as a formative hurdle.

Those figures and the diagnosis by curator Chauhan means Australia could have a selection headache heading into the series decider.

One of the key focuses will be the surfaces.

Former Australia fast bowler Mitchell Johnson feels that Indian team will be "nervous" considering the pacer-friendly conditions of Dharamsala where Steve Smith and his boys should feel more confident.

Australian Media always succeeds in garnering attention and controversy when it's home team is busy at the ground trying to defend or run between the wickets.

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With the series locked at 1-1, a draw will make sure that the tourists retain the Border-Gavaskar trophy. A source in the know of how Australia's press pack has been operating tells of a link between the tourists' communication team and the visiting media. He captained the side when Kohli was off the field due to injury at Ranchi on Day 1 and 2.

"We have played enough cricket on different pitches throughout the season". David Warner and Steve Smith will have to bat really well and aim to score runs the way they score in Australia.

"We've played some very good cricket. But if Australia bowl well and get on his nerves a bit, it will be flawless for us", added the former Australian pacer.

Nathan Lyon is another man who has to stand up and be counted.

"Our pitch is one of the most hard for the batsmen (facing fast bowlers) in the Ranji Trophy and its nature won't be altered".

India do not have any headaches and are really running hot, fresh from a Test match win against Bangladesh. On the final day, they lost the wickets of Matt Renshaw and their captain before lunch.

"Definitely. We all know that this is one of the toughest places to come to play as an Australian team", Smith said.

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