Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions Australia v India 1st Test

Arnold Nichols
December 6, 2018

"I personally don't think any Australian side is vulnerable at home", Kohli said.

Marsh's place in the side for the series-opener, which starts on Thursday, has been taken by middle order batsman Peter Handscomb, recalled for the first time since the tour of South Africa in March and April.

"In terms of skill, in terms of experience, in terms of how we are playing, our mindset, we definitely feel we have the ability to win a series here", said Kohli.

Australia vice-captain Mitchell Marsh was dropped for the first Test against India, with Peter Handscomb earning his spot in Adelaide.

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

Vice-captain and all-rounder Mitchell Marsh was left out of the playing eleven and opener Marcus Harris is set for his global debut.


Taylor believes that the most of the pressure will be on a fresh-faced Test batting lineup to deliver up against "favourites", India. Especially in this kind of situation where two of their best batsman have scored literally 50 percent of their runs for Australia are not a part of the playing eleven and they haven't really done well since they have left Test cricket.

"We know the talent Mitch has and we know he is good enough to be a genuine all-rounder at Test level. We've been rolling our sleeves up, we've got plenty to prove as well", Langer said.

They have rested all their key bowlers like Starc, Hazlewood and Cummins with this series in mind and they will look to make good use of the favourable conditions in Adelaide which should favour the quick bowlers but offer some spin for Nathan Lyon as the match progresses. "He's shown that over the last few years".

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.

"You want to bat on days when it's 40-odd degrees".

They have made a significant change to their team by dropping one of their frontline bowlers and going with just four - Ashwin, Shami, Sharma and Bumrah - which may mean Hanuma Vihari gets the nod at number six to add another part-time spin option if required.

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