Kohli and Paine facing brutal issue on first day of Test series

Kohli and Paine facing brutal issue on first day of Test series

Kohli and Paine facing brutal issue on first day of Test series

Australia sprang a surprise by axing all-rounder Mitch Marsh on Wednesday for the first Test against India, as Usman Khawaja's return was confirmed despite the shock of his brother's arrest.

Without Marsh's seamers, there will be added pressure on Lyon, the greatest finger-spinner the country has produced, to maintain his exemplary form, which would enable Paine to give his quicks longer breaks between spells.

Tim Paine announced that Handscomb would bat at number five in the series opener beginning on Thursday, with Marsh to miss out.

"We are taking the opportunity at the moment to go back and play a Shield game and get some cricket under belt".

Vice-captain and all-rounder Mitchell Marsh was left out of the playing eleven and opener Marcus Harris is set for his worldwide debut.

"The quicks are going to have to bowl a bit more and we have full faith that Nathan Lyon can do the job in any conditions".

"We know he is good enough to be a genuine all rounder at Test level".

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

". they're (India) up against a really talented young Australian cricket team who have got plenty to prove", he said.

Australia will employ one of their least credentialed batting line-ups in almost half a century with the team's aggregate of 9209 Test runs the lowest since the first Test in 1977-78 when Australia employed six debutants to replace the World Series Cricket rebels.

"The wicket over the last few years here has given enough throughout the game [to not need an all-rounder]". It was his limited overs show that got him in the reckoning and now it is up to him to make the most of this and cement his spot as a Test player as well.

Should an extra option be needed, Paine can call on the part-time off-spin of Travis Head.

Dhawan, who is now enjoying time with the family, was left out of the 18-man Test squad for the upcoming four-match Test series against Australia, scheduled to begin from December 6.

"You want to bat on days when it's 40 degrees", said the wicketkeeper. "There's always a good coverage of grass in Adelaide and it offers a bit with the new ball, but there's also a lot of runs to be had out there", he said about the toss. In essence, BCCI has indicated that India will be going with six batters.

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