Mitch Marsh Has Been Dropped For The First Test

Mitch Marsh Has Been Dropped For The First Test

Rahane, however, was keen to throw the pressure of expectation back on the hosts when the much-anticipated series gets underway in Adelaide on Thursday, and scoffed when he was asked whether Australia would be ripe for the picking.

As Langer points out, India's Test record in Australia is far from impressive. While an MS Dhoni-led side was blanked 4-0 in 2011-12, run-machine Kohli led from the front in 2014-15 as the visitors put up a valiant fight only to lose 2-0. "So I feel that Australia are really still the favourites".

"Going forward, we've got full faith in him being a Test allrounder".

"If Australia can make enough runs, they'll have the bowling and the enthusiasm to get on top of India".

India (from): Virat Kohli (captain), Murali Vijay, Lokesh Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah.

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The real question is whether Hanuma Vihari, who scored a half-century during his debut test match against England at Oval in tough England conditions will be the sixth batsman or whether it will be Rohit Sharma, who will be making a comeback into the Test team after playing his last match during the tour of South Africa at Centurion.

Marnus Labuschagne has also been left out, with Victoria opener Marcus Harris coming in for him. On the other hand, India will have experienced campaigners Murali Vijay and KL Rahul opening as teenage sensation Prithvi Shaw is unavailable for the Adelaide Test due to an ankle injury. India have trusted Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah to do the job in the fast bowling department.

India will kick-start their Test campaign against Australia from December 6 at the Adelaide Oval.

With the temperature in Adelaide expected to soar as high as 40 degrees Celsius, managing the workload of their bowlers is going to be crucial for both Paine and Kohli.

"You want to bat on days when it's 40 degrees", said the wicketkeeper. "It will be a hugely important day for Australia if they bat first".

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