Mitch Marsh Has Been Dropped For The First Test

Mitch Marsh Has Been Dropped For The First Test

Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli and Australia Cricket team captain Tim Paine posed with the Border-Gavaskar trophy on the eve of the first test in Australia's Adelaide on Wednesday. Middle-order batsman Hanuma Vihari, who impressed in his maiden Test assignment in England earlier this year, also finds a place in the 12-man squad.

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

The absence of Steve Smith and David Warner who are serving ball-tampering bans has tilted the favour, albeit slightly, in favour of the visiting team. It was his limited overs show that got him in the reckoning and now it is up to him to make the most of this and cement his spot as a Test player as well.

"We know the talent Mitch has, we know most likely at some stage in this series we'll need him".

"We know he's good enough to be a genuine all-rounder at test level". Whoever wins the first Test will win the series 2-1.

Apart from anything else, the decision to drop a recently appointed vice-captain underlined how slim Australia's leadership resources now are.

Pujara was dismissed on the second last ball of the day by a diving Pat Cummins
Pujara was dismissed on the second last ball of the day by a diving Pat Cummins

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

They have made a significant change to their team by dropping one of their frontline bowlers and going with just four - Ashwin, Shami, Sharma and Bumrah - which may mean Hanuma Vihari gets the nod at number six to add another part-time spin option if required.

"They got through the Ashes a year ago I thought and bowled a hell of a lot of overs", captain Tim Paine said.

"All our three quicks go in really fresh so we've got confidence in them, particularly at the start of the series".

"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.

However, he does believe that the side will be under pressure to deliver as India's past record in Australia is not entirely great. In fact, they were top of the table when he began reporting on them but things went dramatically downhill.

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