Australia axe Marsh as Khawaja returns against India

Australia axe Marsh as Khawaja returns against India

Australia axe Marsh as Khawaja returns against India

In the absence of Steve Smith and David Warner, India has been talked up a lot.

Australian captain Tim Paine.

"Mitch Marsh has not been as consistent as he would like and we would like", said Paine at his pre-match press conference.

Based on recent Tests at Adelaide Oval, which have been played on a lush pitch designed with one eye on protecting the pink ball, Australia believe they do not need an extra bowler. 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. In 44 Tests on Australian soil, they have only managed five wins thus far.

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

Reaching Adelaide Oval, he got his Whites for the Australia Test team and has began training with the side since then.

In the wake of the tampering scandal, Australia vowed to overhaul their infamous win-at-all-costs attitude, tone down the sledging and be more respectful. As per the ICC rules, both the host nation and the visiting nation have to give approval for a day-night Test to be played at any venue.

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

Marcus Harris will be making his Test debut at the top of the order with Aaron Finch. "Going forward we've got full faith in him being a Test allrounder and as this series wears on and we get to places where the wicket might be a bit flatter, conditions might be a little warmer and our bowlers a bit exhausted then the allrounder position becomes important". "I'm sure there will be opportunities at times when we can hopefully put their spinners under pressure and try and put some big overs into their fast bowlers", Paine said.

Top order batsman Murali Vijay, who was dropped following the second Test against England at Lord's in August, was also included.

"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.

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