Tim Paine names Australian XI to feature in first Test

Virat Kohli said Australia can be a great place to bat if the batsmen apply themselves well

Virat Kohli said Australia can be a great place to bat if the batsmen apply themselves well

"We know the talent that Mitch has and we know that most likely at some stage in this series we will need him".

While Langer is wary of the quality of the opposition, he believes the weight of the past will put pressure on India. A 1-1 draw in 2004 under Sourav Ganguly was only the third time India avoided defeat Down Under. Just like the great Australian cricket team of 2001 felt and we just fell short (of winning in India) and we were able to (win in) 2004.

The last time India toured Australia for a Test series was in 2014-15, when the tourists went down 2-0 in the four-Test series.

"You see their bowling attack, they've got a really good bowling attack, and I think to win Test matches, you need to have a really good bowling attack".

"They've gone with what they think is the six best batsmen to make the runs, and I guess they feel Mitch isn't in the best six based on current form, which is fair enough".

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India's 12-man squad: Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, KL Rahul, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Rohit Sharma, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant, Ravi Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah.

Marnus Labuschagne has also been left out, with Victoria opener Marcus Harris coming in for him. Vijay will partner Lokesh Rahul at the top of the order, with young opener Prithvi Shaw ruled out from the Test with an ankle injury. "Every side would like to have a fast-bowling all-rounder", he told reporters at Adelaide Oval on Wednesday. India have trusted Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah to do the job in the fast bowling department.

Paine confirmed Marcus Harris would make his Test debut and open the batting with Aaron Finch in the series opener, Australia's first home Test since Steve Smith and David Warner were banned over the Newlands ball-tampering scandal.

With the temperature in Adelaide expected to soar as high as 40 degrees Celsius, managing the workload of their bowlers is going to be crucial for both Paine and Kohli.

"You want to bat on days when it's 40 degrees. It will be a hugely important day for Australia if they bat first".

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