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TUESDAY JANUARY 6 2015 SPORT 37 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA could be as calm as Dhoni in a crisis. Kohlis first task was to explain the bizarre situation that sees Dhoni officially on standby for young wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha, even though the 90-Test great retired after the Boxing Day Test. Dhonis decision to walk away shocked Kohli, but he ruled out another shock today unless Saha trips on his way to the ground. AustrAliAn Xi David Warner Chris Rogers Shane Watson Steve Smith (capt) Shaun Marsh Joe Burns Brad Haddin Mitchell Starc Ryan Harris Josh Hazlewood Nathan Lyon POssiBlE indiAn Xi Murali Vijay Lokesh Rahul Rohit Sharma Cheteshwar Pujara Virat Kohli (capt) Ajinkya Rahane Wriddhiman Saha Ravichandaran Ashwin Mohammed Shami Umesh Yadav Ishant Sharma FOurtH tEst AustrAliA v indiA sCG, 10Am tOdAY advertiser.com.au mAtCH CEntrE Live scores, video highLights and aLL the stats liVE BlOG every baLL, every run, every wicket Making my Test career go the distance will need smart moves I STILL pinch myself every day that Im opening the batting for Australia in Test matches, especially on an occasion like this at the Sydney Cricket Ground. And from now until I retire, I want to focus on Test cricket as much as I can, because thats the way forward for me. I started off playing Twenty20 and it was fantastic I still love playing for my country in that format. But in the future I may need to weigh up my options and, at the very least, consider how much longer I play in the IPL. Ill play in the IPL this year, but the schedule is so hard for us to play and theres six weeks you could have off. Weve got a long 18 months ahead and I need to have a clear mind about where I want to go for the next five years to the end of my career. My forearm and thumb are both really sore leading into this Test, not that theres anything courageous about me taking the field. But its more mental tiredness that Im worried about. Ive felt it before and I dont want to burn out. Ive been lucky enough to have a good 12 months with the bat, but I dont want to be complacent. The results Ive had have been due to me putting in 100 per cent effort in training off the field, and if youre going to do that for a period of five years youre eventually going to become exhausted. Youve got the greats of the game that have scored over 15,000 runs and over 10,000 runs, but they never had to balance the amount of cricket thats played now. For myself, its about sacrificing some things to try to get an extra 50 Test matches and play the best cricket I can. To do that, you need to weigh up your options. I never want Test cricket to be taken away from me or hindered by exhaustion. Coming up weve got the World Cup, a West Indies Tour, the Ashes, Bangladesh, the home summer, then away to New Zealand. The amount of flying we do, and the training its taxing. There has to come a point where must be smarter about balancing my workloads. By DAVID WARNER Kohli wields new broom VIRAT Kohli is set to make a clear statement that hes the big dog in town by axing opener Shikhar Dhawan, the Indian teammate who reportedly stood up to him in a heated row in Brisbane. Indias new captain is wasting no time in marking out his territory, with opener Dhawan and another established batsman, Cheteshwar Pujura, ex pected to be dropped for the fourth Test at the SCG. The tourists are set to go into the dead-rubber match with a new-look batting order that promotes Rohit Sharma to No.3 and sends Lokesh Rahul out to open with Murali Vijay. But the talking point is the dumping of Dhawan who was heavily criticised by his own dressing room and the Australian team for his actions on the last day of the Gabba Test. Dhawan was hit on the hand in batting practice before play, and made a last-minute decision not to resume his innings leaving Kohli to head out and face the music with no preparation. Kohli departed cheaply and reportedly fired-up at Dhawan when he returned to the sheds. Dhawan later went out to bat and made a free-hitting 81 in an indication his injury was far from serious. Departed captain MS Dhoni admitted at the time there was unrest in the rooms, and Kohli has taken it upon himself to ensure his first task was to put his foot down and wipe the slate clean. Kohli is a bold, aggressive leader. Indian players are prepared to follow him, but they need to be aware that its his way or the highway. I know full well how much pressure and expectation there will be, said Kohli of his new post. And I love my hair and I dont want to lose it. So I will try not to stress myself. I expect a lot of good things from this team in the future. Australia are privately excited about exploiting Kohlis hot-headed nature even further now hes captain. The batting master even had a laugh at his own expense when he joked he By BEN HORNE Australian all-rounder Shane Watson (bottom left) plays a pull shot and new Indian skipper Virat Kohli (top right) concentrates on the ball at training yesterday, while Watson (bottom right) recieves attention from team doctor Peter Brukner ntnews.com.au