Australia v India in the first Test at Adelaide Oval

Australia v India in the first Test at Adelaide Oval

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.

But the Indians have never won a Test series in Australia and if pace bowlers Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins are firing the tourists could be in for another tough time.

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. Yes, they will miss Warner and Steve Smith, but that confidence level, the attitude and the approach you expect of an Australian player, an Australian team - the character of the Australian sides against whom I played - that character is not obvious in this Australian team.

"Normally, Australian teams like to bat first". The former went on to ask the fan why he didn't predict a 4-0 win.

Warne's social media post read: "Excited for the 1st test match here in Adelaide that starts today".

"Australia is one of the places where we come and like to play our cricket because the fans here love their cricket".

"He's shown that over the last few years, he bowled a mountain of overs in the UAE and our quicks are fresh so we can cover that".

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"We have options there but we'll be backing our bowlers", Paine said.

Ashwin opined that India have a considerable chance of dominating the series, considering most of their players, including captain Kohli, have the previous experience of playing in Australia.

"We're obviously very disappointed that the trains won't be running on Saturday and Sunday.But there has been a lot of work that has been done in order to provide substitute bus services and we're working very closely with the government to ensure that we can provide the best service that we possibly can. We've been rolling our sleeves up, we've got plenty to prove as well".

With the Adelaide pitch expected to sport some grass, the team management can decide to go with six proper batsmen with either of Rohit Sharma or Hanuma Vihari at No 6 and keeper-batsman Rishabh Pant at seven.

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.

With four Tests in a month, some of them on unforgiving tracks, the value of Marsh's bowling should increase through the series. "Every side would like to have a fast-bowling all-rounder", he told reporters at Adelaide Oval on Wednesday.

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