Mitch Marsh dropped for first Test against India

Tanya Simon
December 5, 2018

The hosts will be without their two crucial players in the form of Steven Smith and David Warner due to bans.

Meanwhile, India is yet to win a Test series in their previous 11 tours to this country.

Australia have selected the newest member of their Test team and he is just six years of age!

"Just being out on Adelaide Oval, in the sunshine, under a nice blue sky and running around with his heroes - who, to a man, were all really moved by his story - it should be terrific for everyone".

There were accusations in 2008 by then India captain Anil Kumble that "only one team was playing in the spirit of the game".

"He's an aggressive little player", Paine said of Harris.

There was tension well before that, with legpsinner bowler Shane Warne adding some spice with a comment during a 1998 tour to India that he had to pack baked beans and tinned spaghetti because he wasn't able to handle Indian food.

Pujara was dismissed on the second last ball of the day by a diving Pat Cummins
Pujara was dismissed on the second last ball of the day by a diving Pat Cummins

Despite the fact that India has only won five Tests in Australia, the composition of both sides means that it promises to be a cracking series.

Although not quite reaching the heights of captain Virat Kohli's 692 runs, Rahane had a good tour the last time India visited Australia in 2014-15 with 399 runs at an average of 57.

Kohli said the series should be played in better spirits compared with recent Border-Gavaskar contests, but expected there would be some banter between the sides. "It's not been told to them - they are talking about all these things which I think is a very positive sign". Whatever happened, the skill level is still there. We're not taking anything for granted.

Kohli is known as someone who enjoys the banter on the field and that fires him up and Australia are wary of that. He also has three test centuries at Adelaide Oval. Australia also lost to Pakistan in the Tests and the T20I before losing to South Africa in the ODIs and T20Is at home.

Paine admitted the decision to drop Marsh was hard, especially with temperatures forecast to reach 39 degrees on day one and 34 on day two.

India's final 12: KL Rahul, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (C), Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (WK), Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah.

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