Australia vs India - 1st Test Match Preview & Prediction

Australia vs India - 1st Test Match Preview & Prediction

Will they deliver India its first Test series win on Australian soil? The series is even more important for captain Kohli as it would also define his legacy as a leader having already established himself as world's premier batsman. Historically, in 70 years and spread over 11 tours, India have best of two drawn series, under Sunil Gavaskar in 1980-81 and Sourav Ganguly in 2003-04 which is reflection of Indian sides' temperament rather than quality.

The first Test starts tomorrow at 10:30am South Australian time.

Australia will employ one of their least credentialed batting line-ups in almost half a century with the team's aggregate of 9209 Test runs the lowest since the first Test in 1977-78 when Australia employed six debutants to replace the World Series Cricket rebels.

Paine expressed confidence that the four-bowler attack will get through the four Tests without any fitness concerns.

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. "They'll also be under great pressure, I think".

Former WA opener Marcus Harris will make his Test debut at Adelaide Oval today while Peter Handscomb was recalled to bolster the middle-order at Marsh's expense.

But the Indian skipper is insisting he has grown up and will not be looking for confrontations, although he added that "if they want to play a certain way we will reciprocate".

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So the tossup is between Hanuma Vihari and Rohit Sharma.

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The two cricketers were on their way from a practice season at the Adelaide Oval to the team hotel, which is situated close to the iconic venue which will be hosting the first Test from December 6.

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.

"As this series wears on, and we get to places where the wicket might be a bit flatter and conditions might be a little warmer, our bowlers will be a bit exhausted then the all rounder position becomes important", said Paine.

They will then have to pick three pacers which in all likelihood would be Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah and Ishant Sharma and the lone spinner Ravichandran Ashwin.

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