India vs Australia: India is 'smelling blood' concedes Australian coach Justin Langer

India tour of Australia 2018

Australian vice-captain Mitch Marsh has been left out of the first Test XI to play India at Adelaide Oval.

Apart from anything else, the decision to drop a recently appointed vice-captain underlined how slim Australia's leadership resources now are. It's time to sit back and observe as Australia seeks to rebuild its reputation in a four Test series against world cricket's powerhouse nation.

India's refusal to play a day-night Test match in Adelaide has caused a dip in sales for the first Test match, South Australian Cricket Association (SACA) told news.com.au on Tuesday. Whoever wins the first Test will win the series 2-1. "They'll also be under great pressure, I think". Moreover, Australia are without the services of Steve Smith and David Warner, making India start as overwhelming favourites. All the laurels he got for himself and the team are unmatched.

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

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.

"The [Adelaide] wicket over the last few years here has given enough throughout the game [to not need an allrounder]".

Paine was dismissive of questions over whether Starc, Hazlewood and Cummins would be capable of standing up to the workload, given their micro-managed preparation for this assignment.

It is also surprising that India has opted for just one spinner and that is the experienced Ravichandran Ashwin and they have not gone for the wrist spinner in Kuldeep Yadav. In fact, they were top of the table when he began reporting on them but things went dramatically downhill. "They got through the Ashes previous year I thought and bowled a hell of a lot of overs", he said.

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.

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