Australia vs India: What the pundits are predicting for the Test series

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"Mitch Marsh has not been as consistent as he would like and we would like", said Paine at his pre-match press conference.

Australia vice-captain and all-rounder Mitchell Marsh has been dropped for the first Test against India at the Adelaide Oval, which starts on Thursday.

Australian cricket has been through a lot in the last nine months after the ball-tampering scandal hit and it will be their first home season after bans were imposed on Steve Smith, David Warner, and Cameron Bancroft.

"We know he is good enough to be a genuine allrounder at Test level, he probably just hasn't put it together consistently enough".

"We're taking the opportunity at the moment to actually send him back to play a Shield game, get some more cricket under his belt, knowing at some stage we're probably going to need him".

This is somewhat of a gamble to take in the first day Test at Adelaide Oval in four years, particularly if Virat Kohli calls correctly at the toss and bats first with temperatures expected to soar to 39 on Thursday and into the mid-30s the following day. Whoever wins the first Test will win the series 2-1.

Australia could give a debut to in-form opener Marcus Harris, likely to partner Aaron Finch at the top of the order with Usman Khawaja appearing to be sufficiently recovered from knee surgery to come in at number three. "They'll also be under great pressure, I think".

"We obviously have a lot of confidence in Nathan Lyon bowling a lot of overs if we need to", said Paine.

The dumping of Mitch Marsh will add an extra burden for Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and spinner Nathan Lyon, who will have to take on more overs in what are forecast to be scorching hot conditions in Adelaide.

India are the number one ranked Test team in the world right now and they will never have a better chance of winning a Test series in Australia having failed to do so in any of their previous 11 attempts. "This time around, we hope we don't disappoint our fans", Rohit said. In 44 Tests on Australian soil, they have only managed five wins thus far.

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