Australia v India in the first Test at Adelaide Oval

06 December, 2018, 07:45 | Author: Isabel Grant
  • Australia's Usman Khawaja right celebrates with his team-mates after taking a catch to dismiss India's Virat Kohli

There are two key differences, of course: India's batsmen are far better versed in facing spin and will be capable of attacking Lyon to bring the pacemen back more quickly, while an Australian batting line-up without Smith and Warner will need contributions from as many players as possible.

Australian captain Tim Paine. Will they deliver India its first Test series win on Australian soil?

"We know he is good enough to be a genuine all-rounder at Test level, he probably just hasn't put it together consistently enough", Paine said.

Langer said he was wary of an Indian side led by the incomparable Virat Kohli, that is aiming to win their first Test series ever in Australia. "There are 11 guys going out and trying their best who will be so keen because of what has gone on". Without them, India could have a golden opportunity to break their series drought.

The last time these two teams met, India won an engrossing series 2-1 at home, with Smith hitting three centuries.

India suffered a huge blow ahead of the first Test with young opener Prithvi Shaw ruled out after suffering ankle ligament damage during their final warm-up game against a Cricket Australia XI.

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In the wake of the tampering scandal, Australia vowed to overhaul their infamous win-at-all-costs attitude, tone down the sledging and be more respectful. And if that meant some verbal banter, then so be it.

Marcus Harris will be making his Test debut at the top of the order with Aaron Finch.

A question mark remains over whether Peter Handscomb or Travis Head will fill the vacant middle-order spot.

"The fans have absolutely voted with their feet the last few years that we have had day-night Tests, we have been significantly up for attendances", Bradshaw said.

"That's why I feel that India have got a big chance because they are a settled unit and they will be confident".

India would go with the opening pair of Murali Vijay and KL Rahul with Cheteshwar Pujara at three, followed by Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane. "They got through the Ashes a year ago I thought and bowled a hell of a lot of overs", he said.

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