IND, AUS declare teams for 1st Test; Bhuvi out, Harris to debut
India and Australia have declared their teams for the first Test which will start from December 06th at Adelaide. India have gone ahead with seven batsmen and four bowlers and have only one spinner in the team. On the other hand, Tim Paine has opted for Peter Handscomb ahead of Mitchell Marsh which means the team will have limited bowling resources and Marcus Harris will get a Test debut.
Rohit or Vihari?
Virat Kohli’s 12-member team consists of four bowlers which means they all will feature in the playing XI and the only question to answer will be weather to choose Rohit Sharma or Hanuma Vihari.
Injury to Prithvi Shaw has paved way for Murali Vijay’s return in the team while Pujara, Kohli and Rahane will form India’s middle-order. Rishabh Pant’s presence as the wicket-keeper will enhance India’s batting order.
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) December 5, 2018
Rohit struggled in South Africa and was dropped for England series but he is been in terrific form in white-ball cricket. On the other hand, Hanuma Vihari has had a sensational run in domestic cricket and scored a fifty on his debut against England making a statement that he belongs to this level.
Kohli and the think tank will have a tough time to pick one of them. The fact that Vihari can bowl part-time spin can be a decisive factor in selection.
Team India's 12 for the 1st Test against Australia in Adelaide: Virat Kohli (C), A Rahane (VC), KL Rahul, M Vijay, C Pujara, Rohit Sharma, Hanuma Vihari, R Pant (WK), R Ashwin, M Shami, I Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah #TeamIndia #AUSvIND
— BCCI (@BCCI) December 5, 2018
No Mitchell Marsh; Peter Handscomb returns
Interestingly, Australia have preferred Peter Handscomb for the middle-order slot over Mitchell Marsh. The team will also be playing uncapped Marcus Harris at the top of the order along with Aaron Finch.
Good luck to @travishead34 and the whole Australian Team ( players & staff )for tomorrow's 1st test @TheAdelaideOval . @cricketcomau. #🇦🇺 Looking forward to watching the boys play and talking about it on Radio @MacquarieSport . See you all at the best ground in the world.
— Darren Lehmann (@darren_lehmann) December 5, 2018
Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc will form the pace artillery while Nathan Lyon will lead the spin department.
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India’s and Australia’s teams for 1st Test
India’s 12-member squad:
Murali Vijay, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (capt), Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (Wk), Ravi Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah
Australia’s playing XI:
Marcus Harris, Aaron Finch, Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Travis Head, Peter Handscomb, Tim Paine (capt), Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Starc