Mitchell Marsh dropped by Australia for series opener against India

Mitchell Marsh dropped by Australia for series opener against India

Mitchell Marsh dropped by Australia for series opener against India

After all the talk, sledges, intent, and plenty of planning, the Test series between India and Australia is set to begin.

Handscomb was dropped 12 months ago after the Adelaide Test, losing his place to Marsh.

However, Langer said Kohli and Co. are a good team and the hosts will show respect to the visitors.

The scandal in March has haunted Australian cricket, with Steve Smith and David Warner banned and a swathe of executives from the governing body axed or falling on their swords in the aftermath.

"We know he's good enough to be a genuine all-rounder at test level".

This is somewhat of a gamble to take in the first day Test at Adelaide Oval in four years, particularly if Virat Kohli calls correctly at the toss and bats first with temperatures expected to soar to 39 on Thursday and into the mid-30s the following day.

"Absolutely, India will start favourites in the Test series".

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The new side has three Vics in the top six, with with Harris's opening partner Aaron Finch and Handscomb also from Victoria.

"We obviously have a lot of confidence in Nathan Lyon bowling a lot of overs if we need to", said Paine.

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

"The quicks are going to have to bowl a bit more and we have full faith that Nathan Lyon can do the job in any conditions, he's shown that over the last few years, he bowled a mountain of overs in the UAE and our quicks are fresh so we can cover that, Travis Head bowls some handy offspinners so we have options there but we'll be backing our bowlers".

Virat Kohli's Indian side brimming with confidence will aim to finally shed the poor travellers' tag when it takes on a circumspect Australia in what is being perceived as the tourists' best opportunity to win a Test series Down Under in 70 years. "This time around, we hope we don't disappoint our fans", Rohit said.

It is also surprising that India has opted for just one spinner and that is the experienced Ravichandran Ashwin and they have not gone for the wrist spinner in Kuldeep Yadav.

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