Australia vs India - 1st Test Match Preview & Prediction

Australia vs India - 1st Test Match Preview & Prediction

Yes, they will miss Warner and Steve Smith, but that confidence level, the attitude and the approach you expect of an Australian player, an Australian team - the character of the Australian sides against whom I played - that character is not obvious in this Australian team.

Apart from anything else, the decision to drop a recently appointed vice-captain underlined how slim Australia's leadership resources now are.

"Mitch Marsh probably just hasn't been as consistent as he would like and we would like", Paine told a news conference on Wednesday.

With the world's number one Test nation awaiting them in Adelaide in the first of four Tests from Thursday, Paine said it was time to start looking forward. "There are 11 guys going out and trying their best who will be so keen because of what has gone on". Ahead of the opening Test, the odds are stacked in favour of the tourists as they boast the world's best batsman in Virat Kohli, plus a high-class pace bowling attack.

"They haven't had great success in Australia in the past, as Australia haven't had in India".

The last time these two teams met, India won an engrossing series 2-1 at home, with Smith hitting three centuries.

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.


"It's just about picking your time and picking your moment and doing what the team requires", he said.

The coach also said that young Marcus Harris will make his debut and he will open the innings along with Aaron Finch.

A question mark remains over whether Peter Handscomb or Travis Head will fill the vacant middle-order spot.

"That's why I feel that India have got a big chance because they are a settled unit and they will be confident".

They will then have to pick three pacers which in all likelihood would be Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah and Ishant Sharma and the lone spinner Ravichandran Ashwin.

"We have options there but we'll be backing our bowlers", Paine said.

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