Australia, ranked fifth in the ICC Test Rankings, take on top-ranked India in the first of the four-match Test series at Adelaide Oval on Thursday. With poor showing away from home in the absence of banned Smith and Warner, Australia’s chances in the Test series rest upon their bowling attack, particularly the big three in Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins.
India have reigned at the head of the Test Rankings for the last 25 months but a have poor record Down Under, where they have failed to win a series in the past eleven tours.
The visitors started their tour with a 1-1 draw in the three-match T20 International series.T he only warm-up game India played against Cricket Australia XI coming into the series did not go their way, most of it. Indian batsmen looked alright but bowlers toiled against not-so-known names with opposition piling 544 runs. Fortunately for India, the recalled Murali Vijay smashed a cracking ton in the second after young opener Prithvi Shaw sustained an injury during the play.
Important to start well: Rahane
Australia Test squad: Tim Paine (c), Mitchell Marsh, Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Shaun Marsh, Peter Siddle, Mitchell Starc, Chris Tremain, Aaron Finch, Peter Handscomb and Marcus Harris.
India Test squad: Virat Kohli (c), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Murali Vijay, Lokesh Rahul, Prithvi Shaw, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant and Parthiv Patel.
Watch Australia vs India 1st Test Live Match Online on SonyLIV and telecast on Sony SIX from Adelaide Oval, Adelaide.