AUS vs IND 1st Test Match Preview
India will need to start well if they win their maiden series in Australia. Virat Kohli and co. have lost their opening Tests in South Africa and England played earlier this year. The visitors will need to produce their best with bat and ball to dislodge Australia at the Adelaide Oval.
Confident India take on unsettled Australia in the series opener
On the other hand, Australia will be keen to get back to winning ways after not able to win a single game in their previous five outings in Test cricket. Australian Captain Tim Paine is confident that the side can make a comeback and produce the right results in home conditions. Plenty of newcomers in the Australian side means that the side will certainly be keen to put past behind and start afresh against India in this four-match Test series.
AUS vs IND 1st Test Team News
The focus will be on the likes of Shaun Marsh, Usman Khawaja and Aaron Finch to do the bulk of the scoring. Debutant Marcus Harris, Travis Head and Peter Handscomb will need to score runs in order to cement their place in the XI for the remainder of this four-match Test series. Captain Tim Paine’s form has been good and played a lot of first-class cricket before the opening Test.
Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood will be crucial for Australia in this opening game. Nathan Lyon will also play a big role in this game.
On the other hand, India will need to produce a credible effort with the bat in this opening clash against Australia. Murali Vijay will replace injured Prithvi Shaw at the top of the innings. Lokesh Rahul will also be keen to raise his game and score runs in this Test. Indian Captain Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara will be key players for India in the batting lineup.
Rohit Sharma or Hanuma Vihari is expected to play at no.6 position in the batting lineup. India has shunned the five-bowler strategy as Ravi Ashwin will play as lone spinner in the XI. Jaspreet Bumrah, Ishant Sharma and Mohammad Shami are preferred pace attack for India for this game.
Expected XIs for Australia vs India 1st Test
Possible XI: Aaron Finch, Marcus Harris, Travis Head, Peter Handscomb, Usman Khawaja, Tim Paine (captain &wk), Shaun Marsh, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Starc.
Possible XI: Virat Kohli (captain), Murali Vijay, Rohit Sharma/Hanuma Vihari, Ajinkya Rahane, Lokesh Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Rishabh Pant (wk), Mohammad Shami, Jaspreet Bumrah, Ishant Sharma, Ravichandran Ashwin.