India vs Australia: Virat Kohli, Tim Paine pose with Border-Gavaskar trophy

India vs Australia: Virat Kohli, Tim Paine pose with Border-Gavaskar trophy

Australia vice-captain and all-rounder Mitchell Marsh has been dropped for the first test against India as selectors backed the team's three specialist seamers to bowl a full workload at Adelaide Oval. After the ball-tampering incident earlier this year, Australian Cricket has undergone a cultural review, and are adopting a non-aggressive approach.

There is a lot at stake for Langer, Paine and co, who can become the number one Test team in the world with a 4-0 series whitewash which would dethrone their opponents - and current incumbents - India. They have had a great preparation and are ready to go. "I think India has a very good chance to win the Australia series", the left-arm pacer said.

Paine confirmed Marcus Harris would make his Test debut and open the batting with Aaron Finch in the series opener, Australia's first home Test since Steve Smith and David Warner were banned over the Newlands ball-tampering scandal.

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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 ideal technique, less than 24 hours before the crucial first Test. "They can still play the Australian way in terms of playing competitive and playing fairly, but not going over the top and going across the rules like they did in Cape Town".

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R Ashwin as their lone spinner and the pace-bowling trio of Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah. "But I don't see anything radical happening because the skill-set is high and we necessarily wouldn't need to get into anything but at times when situations are hard you do find ways to upset the rhythm".

"Obviously there are going to be times when you have to put the batsman under pressure, not necessarily crossing the line but just getting into their heads".

"We've been through so much in the last nine months".

"I think [Jasprit] Bumrah, Umesh and [Mohammed] Shami should play in the first Test".

Going into Adelaide, where the Indian captain has scored three tons in two Tests, Kohli said it is his favourite ground outside India.

India have named a 12-man squad and will pick between Rohit Sharma and Hanuma Vihari for the final batting place.

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