[caption id="attachment_771315" align="alignnone" width="628"]<a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Virat-Kohli-Tests-AFP-Getty.jpg"><img class="size-full wp-image-771315" alt="India Test captain Virat Kohli. @ PTI" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Virat-Kohli-Tests-AFP-Getty.jpg" width="628" height="418" /></a> India Test captain Virat Kohli. @ PTI[/caption] <p></p> <p></p>Given the surrounding noise around Australian cricket, India enter the <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/india-vs-australia-2018">four-match Test series</a> as clear favourties and will want to capitalise on the opportunity to clinch a historic series win Down Under with the first match beginning on December 6 in Adelaide. <p></p> <p></p>A lot of talk has been going around whether captain <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/virat-kohli/">Virat Kohli</a>, who has registered centuries in South Africa and England this year, can do an encore of the 2014-15 when he returned with 694 runs in the four Tests at average 86.50. Kohli has been in imperious form and will be the fulcrum of India s batting department. <p></p> <p></p><strong>ALSO READ: <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/india-will-never-get-a-chance-of-beating-australia-farokh-engineer-770864">India will never get a better chance of beating Australia: Farokh Engineer</a></strong> <p></p> <p></p>Kohli, who recently went past <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/sachin-tendulkar/">Sachin Tendulkar</a> to become the <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/articles/india-vs-west-indies-virat-kohli-becomes-fastest-batsman-to-10000-odi-runs-758649">quickest to reach 10,000 ODI runs</a>, can smash another Tendulkar record in Tests against Australia. <p></p> <p></p>Kohli has five centuries to his name in Australian conditions and is one ton short of Tendulkar s tally. Tendulkar has scored 1809 runs in 20 Tests at an average of 53.20 in Australia, while Kohli has scored 992 runs in 8 matches against Australia at an average of 62. <p></p> <p></p><strong>ALSO READ: <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/indian-bowlers-will-find-it-tough-in-australia-wasim-akram-770399">Indian bowlers will find it tough during Test series against Australia: Wasim Akram</a></strong> <p></p> <p></p>Kohli can smash Tendulkar s record, but will have to negotiate the pace troika of <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/mitchell-starc/">Mitchell Starc</a>, <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/pat-cummins/">Pat Cummins</a> and <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/josh-hazlewood/">Josh Hazlewood</a>, who tormented <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/england/">England</a> in the Ashes last season.