India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh meanwhile, urged the other players to step up and said that Kohli alone can not win India matches all the time on overseas tours.
File image of Ajinkya Rahane.
The three quicks, should they remain fit and firing through to the fourth and final test in Sydney, will hope for another decent harvest against Virat Kohli's India. But I was still batting completely opposite to Virat. The style of play in Australia compared to the UAE is completely different...
Marsh's old man, of course, was dropped from the team when he was Allan Border's deputy at this very ground in 1992, also when India were in town.
"People will criticise or appreciate, but for us it matters to stay together in hard times".
Data from CricViz has found that Kohli has faced 99 of these balls from seamers away from home since his last Test tour of Australia in 2014-15.
"I like Trav a lot, he is like a little brother", said Lyon who presented Head with his baggy green in Dubai.
"It is important to start fresh in each and every series".
He said as much in September when he announced the Test squad for Australia's Test tour of the UAE to play Pakistan - and defended the decision to overlook the merits of subcontinental specialist Glenn Maxwell. "Right now, we really feel that this is where it's at for the pitch", he added.
His focus is on playing long.
It is surprising that a series between India and Australia, in Australia, is headlined by India's fast bowlers.
That charm offensive has been ridiculed and criticised, with South Africa captain Faf du Plessis memorably describing Aaron Finch's team as "tame" during the recent ODI series. I thought I did well. When Kohli has made it past 20 in Australia, he has scored two fifties and five centuries. "We are not looking to start tentatively", Kohli said.
"I do think he should be there. We always have a good balance of players in our side, who can do great things for us, so it's very promising", he said.
His performance has been below par in Australia in comparison to his overall Test record. But on a given day anyone can score runs. Our bowlers know what they have to do.
When asked about targeting India's lone spinner R Ashwin in this match, he replied the game-plan is going to be quite similar for even the Indian batsmen. All top-order batsmen had an intense work out in the nets, with the team management likely to go in with six full-time batsmen.
That day he took on Indian pace duo Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav - both in line to lead the tourist's attack in Adelaide - as well as the twin spin terrors of Ravi Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja. "You want to bat on days when it's 40-odd degrees". You can not just sit around in the dressing room and keep thinking. You have to go with a positive mindset whether you have a regular number six batsman or not.