Australia vs India - 1st Test Match Preview & Prediction

Australia vs India - 1st Test Match Preview & Prediction

Australia vs India - 1st Test Match Preview & Prediction

Paine noted offspinner Nathan Lyon had bowled "a mountain of overs" during Australia's recent Test series against Pakistan and was prepared to back up that effort, while Travis Head could also provide a part-time spin option.

2018 will go down as one of the most hard years for the Australian test team but after tough tours to South Africa and the UAE against Pakistan where they lost both series, they return home now where they are notoriously strong to play India. Watch News Nation's special show with former Indian player and cricket expert Maninder Singh to get a preview of the India-Australia four match Test series beginning at the Adelaide Oval on Thursday.

It's the kind of vision that will send tremors down the spine of Australia's bowling attack, showcasing the best batsman in the world hitting them with insane power and flawless technique, less than 24 hours before the crucial first Test.

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

Virat Kohli absolutely belts them in the Adelaide nets. It meant he was not picked for the series against England and at home to West Indies.

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.

"It's just about picking your time and picking your moment and doing what the team requires", he said.

Paine confirmed opener Marcus Harris will make his debut in the series-opener starting at Adelaide Oval on Thursday, becoming Australia's 456th male Test cricketer.

A question mark remains over whether Peter Handscomb or Travis Head will fill the vacant middle-order spot. "Again, the workload on the guys will play (a part) in the absence of the all-rounder. but that's something that's already been discussed and they should look forward, not think of it as a burden or think things are tough".

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

Top order batsman Murali Vijay, who was dropped following the second Test against England at Lord's in August, was also included.

And they have an experienced set of bowlers in Ishant Sharma, Mohammad Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav and Jasprit Bumrah. With the allrounder missing, India would have to take a call on whether to play specialist batsman in Rohit Sharma or allrounder Hanuma Vihari.

"In terms of skill, in terms of experience, in terms of how we are playing, our mindset, we definitely feel we have the ability to win a series here", said Kohli.

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