India vs Australia: Shane Warne makes prediction for the blockbuster series

Cheteshwar Pujara brought up his 16th Test ton on Day 1 of the Adelaide Test against Australia

Middle-order batsman Hanuma Vihari, who impressed in his maiden Test assignment in England earlier this year, also finds a place in the 12-man squad. The change in team balance was vindicated by the way the front-liners dominated Joe Root's team, and a year on the captain Tim Paine and coach Justin Langer have sought to repeat the dose against Virat Kohli's tourists. Moreover, Australia are without the services of Steve Smith and David Warner, making India start as overwhelming favourites.

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

Batsmen Travis Head and Peter Handscomb were preferred to Marsh, piling more pressure on the bowlers, while Marcus Harris will make his debut as opener.

The two cricketers were on their way from a practice season at the Adelaide Oval to the team hotel, which is situated close to the iconic venue which will be hosting the first Test from December 6. Whoever wins the first Test will win the series 2-1.

"They got through the Ashes a year ago I thought and bowled a hell of a lot of overs", captain Tim Paine said. "It's probably unlikely that we'll use the three quicks as much as we will in this game, throughout the whole series as it wears on - but this being the first Test we think they'll do the job".




Though selectors will be mindful of keeping Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins available all series, they believe their prized quicks can shoulder an extra workload while fresh.

India's past Test record in Australia is quite abysmal.

Most encouragingly, Australia is back on home turf where the likes of Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood and Nathan Lyon flourish.

Langer said he was wary of an Indian side led by the incomparable Virat Kohli, that is aiming to win their first Test series ever in Australia.

"That's why I feel that India have got a big chance because they are a settled unit and they will be confident". "They got through the Ashes past year I thought and bowled a hell of a lot of overs", he said.

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