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Steven Smith was dismissed after scoring a valuable 46

India v Australia, 1st Test, Pune

Smith v Jadeja: an intriguing battle looms

Both Steven Smith and Ravindra Jadeja had tried the wrong discipline in international cricket, and had been ridiculed for it. They are at the peak of their careers now. Who will come up on top this series?

Hometown boy Nathan Lyon framed against the Members Pavilion

Australia in India 2017

The Ashwin blueprint for Lyon's success

Nathan Lyon will have to adopt some of his Indian counterpart's methods if he is to set his record in Asia right; and he has been working on doing just that

Anil Kumble sends throwdowns using the sidearm during the Indian team's practice session

India v Australia, 1st Test, Pune

Kumble plays down talk of unbeaten home season

India have the chance to go undefeated through the 13-Test home season, but coach Anil Kumble said the side won't look too far ahead

Mushfiqur Rahim grins after completing his hundred

India v Bangladesh, only Test, Hyderabad, 4th day

India need seven wickets on final day

India ended the fourth day of the Hyderabad Test needing seven wickets for a victory

Virat Kohli fell soon after reaching his fourth Test double-hundred

India v Bangladesh, only Test, Hyderabad, 2nd day

Kohli's ambition makes all the difference

Virat Kohli's double-century in Hyderabad is further evidence of a batsman in his absolute prime, and as he pushes his limits in Test cricket records are bound to fall by the wayside

M Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara rehydrate during the drinks break

India v Bangladesh, only Test, Hyderabad, 1st day

Pujara and Vijay give India insurance

They are old-fashioned Test batsmen with a contrasting approach, but the sight of the two doing well together in a partnership is the sign that the India Test team is doing well

Mushfiqur Rahim gets behind the line and defends

India v Bangladesh, only Test, Hyderabad

Bangladesh brace for rare big occasion

Bangladesh will look to carry their limited-overs competitiveness into their first bilateral international match - a one-off Test - in India