India vs Australia, 1st Test

India vs Australia, 1st Test

The first Test starts tomorrow at 10:30am South Australian time. 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.

Schillar, 6, a leg-spinner who follows living Aussie legend Shane Warne, received his call from Australia head coach Justin Langer and is confidently dreaming to buzz off Indian batting maestro Virat Kohli.

The scandal in March has haunted Australian cricket, with Steve Smith and David Warner banned and a swathe of executives from the governing body axed or falling on their swords in the aftermath.

"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", Langer told Australian radio channel SEN's Whateley.

"We know the talent Mitch has. 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".




But the Indians have never won a Test series in Australia and if pace bowlers Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins are firing the tourists could be in for another tough time.

Most encouragingly, Australia is back on home turf where the likes of Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood and Nathan Lyon flourish. We've obviously got a lot of confidence in Nathan Lyon bowling a lot of overs if we need to. "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". "We have confidence in them, particularly at the start of the series".

Join our live coverage from 7am, WA time as we capture all the big moments from the first Test in Adelaide. Without them, India could have a golden opportunity to break their series drought.

"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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