Mitch Marsh dropped for first Test against India

Sherman Parsons
December 6, 2018

The first Test between India and Australia will begin from Thursday, December 6, 2018.

BCCI named a 12-member squad for the 1st Test at Adelaide starting tomorrow. The change in team balance was vindicated by the way the front-liners dominated Joe Root's team, and a year on the captain Tim Paine and coach Justin Langer have sought to repeat the dose against Virat Kohli's tourists.

Australia were plunged in crisis after the ball-tampering scandal in March this year saw Cricket Australia handing out year-long bans on Steve Smith and David Warner.

Paine said: "Mitch Marsh probably hasn't been as consistent as he would like and we would like".

"We know the talent that Mitch has and we know that most likely at some stage in this series we will need him". Both teams wil play four-Test matches which will be followed by a 3-match ODI series. Whoever wins the first Test will win the series 2-1.

"I think from last time round, I've become more assured of myself, I don't really find the need to prove anything to anyone", he told Macquarie Sports Radio at the weekend.

"The wicket over relays few years here has given enough over the game, we've got a lot of confidence in Nathan Lyon bowling a lot of overs if he needs to", Paine said.

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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.

"And probably the fact that all our three quicks go in real fresh".

The Aussie batting may be in tatters but they have four world class bowlers in Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and spinner Nathan Lyon.

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.

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.

"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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