Australia axe Marsh as Khawaja returns against India


Mistakes were made and India paid the price for them in the two previous overseas tours of the year.

India will also line up without a supplementary quick, although not by choice having lost Hardik Pandya for the series to a back injury.

With a scorching 39 degrees Celsius forecast for Adelaide on Thursday, Paine said Australia would be inclined to bat first if he won the toss against counterpart Virat Kohli. Paine said playing always helps and he was confident that a four-bowler attack would do the necessary job in the first Test.

"They're a good team and they've got a couple of great players and we will show them great respect", he said.

Vice-captain and all-rounder Mitchell Marsh was left out of the playing eleven and opener Marcus Harris is set for his global debut.

Archie Schiller will be part of the squad for the Boxing Day Test match against the subcontinent giants that will start on December 26 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).

Based on recent Tests at Adelaide Oval, which have been played on a lush pitch designed with one eye on protecting the pink ball, Australia believe they do not need an extra bowler.

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"We know the talent Mitch has and we know he is good enough to be a genuine all-rounder at Test level. Going forward we've got full faith in him being a Test all-rounder". "He's shown that over the last few years".

The West Australian, who starred in the Ashes, had a nightmare run in the UAE and, despite crashing 151 in the Shield last month, left his position vulnerable by failing to reach 50 in his past four knocks.

They have rested all their key bowlers like Starc, Hazlewood and Cummins with this series in mind and they will look to make good use of the favourable conditions in Adelaide which should favour the quick bowlers but offer some spin for Nathan Lyon as the match progresses.

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

Should an extra option be needed, Paine can call on the part-time off-spin of Travis Head.

India (from): Virat Kohli (captain), Murali Vijay, Lokesh Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah.

Tim Paine will lead a fresh-faced side featuring just two batsmen with more than 15 Tests experience in Shaun Marsh and Usman Khawaja. But I don't see it really happening.